With the draft just days away, everyone is hoping to discover the next star. Let’s take a look back at the best Sabres draft picks of all time.
10. Taro Tsujimoto
Imagine watching the draft and hearing the GM of your favorite team call out the name of a player that you not only had never heard of, but later discovered that he didn’t even exist! In the 11th round of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft the Buffalo Sabres selected Taro Tsujimoto, a name that General Manager Punch Imlach found in a local phone book. Imlach was supposedly fed up with the slow pace of the draft and decided to have a little fun, drafting the fictitious Tsujimoto, a centre from the Japanese Hockey League. The NHL saw no issue with the Sabres 183 draft pick and deemed it legal. It wasn’t until training camp started that Imlach came clean about the phoney draft pick and it was deemed an “invalid claim”. Today Tsujimoto’s name can still be found as a draft pick in the Sabres media guide.