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10 Questions with Sabres Prospect Dan Catenacci

“With the 77th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Daniel Catenacci.”

Steal.

We’ve talked about his stats and achievements already here on Buffalo Sabres Nation, but we thought it would be great to know more about one of Hockey Heaven’s newest and most promising draft picks. Well, Daniel was quick to agree to an interview with us, a small but down to earth kind of gesture that makes me think he’ll be a great fit in the City of Good Neighbors.

 

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He's fast. Still photography just doesn't do him any justice.

 

Without further ado (Daniel’s responses are in bold):

1. Being drafted by the NHL is obviously a pretty huge moment – but what about on the ice? What is your favorite on-ice memory (and is there a Youtube video of it)?

My favorite moment on the ice has to be when I won the gold medal for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. That was my first real taste of international play and to be a part of a great group and win a medal for your country is something I’ll never forget.

2. Being from the Richmond/Newmarket ON, area, you must be pleased that you were drafted by a team near your hometown. Did you grow up as a Leafs fan? (And more importantly, did you grow up as a Sabres fan?)

I grew up a Leafs fan because I’m from Toronto but the past couple years I have been a Pittsburgh fan because of Sidney Crosby. He is my favorite player and he’s the kind of guy I’d shape my game and attitude after. Now that I am a part of the Sabres organization, Buffalo is definitely my new favorite team.

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

@DanCatenacci

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.

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