Sabres draft Claude Lemieux's son, Brendan, in 2nd round

Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts was the first pick of the second round at the 2014 NHL draft....

Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts was the first pick of the second round at the 2014 NHL draft. (QMI Agency)

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The Buffalo Sabres opened the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday by taking forward Brendan Lemieux with the first pick of the second round.

Lemieux, taken No. 31 overall, is the son of former New Jersey Devils star and Stanley Cup champ Claude Lemieux.

"I expected to be a first-round pick and never even really looked at the second round," the younger Lemieux said.

Brendan Lemieux played for the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League. He wears jersey No. 21 because that was his father's number when he played junior hockey and he also inherited the nickname "Pepe" from his father.

Brendan Lemieux was not expecting to be around the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for the second day of the draft.

"I was one of those guys who was trying to figure out for a long time where I was going to go," he said. "Nobody really knew. I had no idea I would drop out of the first round, but I had no idea I was going to get picked this morning. I walked in the arena like 2 minutes before I was going to get picked."

Lemieux finished tied for third on Barrie with 53 points (27 goals and 26 assists) and led the team with 145 penalty minutes last season.


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