NEW YORK — In 2002, Buffalo drafted Daniel Paille with the 20th overall pick. Paille was coming off a 27-30—57 junior season in Guelph, Ontario. The Sabres did not intend to spend their first-round selection on a future NHL fourth-liner.
“We thought of him as a hard-working, two-way type player,” recalled Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning, then the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting. “We thought he’d be a real good third-line player for us.”