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Sabres Daily: First Round Failures #6; Deangelo Returns To Canes



The Buffalo Sabres have had some major successes in the NHL Draft, starting with their first franchise selection of Gilbert Perreault, to Hall-of-Famers Tom Barrasso and Pierre Turgeon, to their most recent top overall picks of Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power, but where there is success, there is inevitably failure. For the next entry on the list of Sabres first-round failures, we look at a winger that never played a game in the Buffalo organization.

#6 Dennis Persson

In a year when the Sabres came within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup Final, the club selected Swedish defenseman Dennis Persson. The 6’1″, 194 lb. defenseman averaged nearly a point per game at the junior level before Buffalo selected him 24th overall.

Persson drifted up and down from juniors to the Swedish Elite League over the next three seasons before heading to North America in 2009. He played three seasons in the AHL with Portland/Rochester, but never played an NHL game and returned to Sweden in 2012 and played four more seasons before retiring in 2016.

Sabres In Case You Missed It

As has been rumored since last month, defenseman Anthony Deangelo has returned to the Carolina Hurricanes, signing a one-year deal, worth $1.675 million.

The 27-year-old was bought out of the final year of his two-year deal with Philadelphia earlier this month. The signing of Deangelo could be a sign that Carolina is out of the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes since he is another offensively-gifted right-hand shot.


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