Daniel Catenacci joins Sabres’ Stampede of Draft Day Steals (And He’s on Twitter!)


That is the twitter account of the Sabres 2nd 3rd round selection, (honestly, it’s amazing this guy wasn’t taken in the 2nd), an account which surfaced in the Sabres’ Twit-o-verse pretty quickly after his name was called at the draft. And just as quickly, I sent him my first fan tweet:

@DanCatenacci How fast can you get here? #PunIntended

His speed is no joke – Catenacci won the Fastest Skater Competition at the 2011 Top Prospects game with an individual best lap time of 14.017 seconds.  To put that into perspective, the NY Islander’s speed-demon, Michael Grabner, won the NHL’s Skills Contest this season by posting a time of 14.2.

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Still photography simply doesn't do him justice. Click on the photo to see what I mean - it's much better when slightly agitated.

Besides speed, he has everything the Sabres were looking for in a center this year – skill, toughness, and wearing a heavy/hearty dose of grit on his sleeve.

From The Hockey News:

“He’s probably one of the better smaller (5-10) players in the draft,” one scout said. “He’s strong on his skates, plays with a lot of intensity and has some grit – he plays bigger than his size.”

Some Sabres fans who were pining for a bigger center can relax. Folks, the kid is only two inches shy of 6 feet tall. He’s stocky, and hard to knock off the puck. And once he is free from the boards with that biscuit, there is no one in the league that can chase him down.

Oh, and about that whole “draft steal” thing – the Hockey News had him ranked as their 35th best prospect in the draft. The venerable International Scouting Services had him at 20th overall.

Darcy Regier welcomed him to Hockey Heaven with the 77th pick.

Welcome to Heaven, Dan.

Go Sabres.

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UPDATE: My second tweet to Catenacci was “@mpysyk03 , meet @DanCatenacci@DanCatenacci@mpysyk03 .”  (That would be 2010’s 1st rounder, Mark Pysyk. Follow them now folks, because once they get to Buffalo, they join the player ban on public Twittering.)