2014 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres Draft Christopher Brown In Sixth Round

Rick Stewart

With the 151st pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select future Boston College Eagle Christopher Brown.

With the 151st pick in the sixth round of the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Cranbrook School (Michigan) center and future Boston College Eagle Christopher Brown.

Though he's yet to suit up for the maroon and gold, Boston College fans should be quite familiar with Brown given his familial ties to the school. Christopher is the younger brother of Patrick, the Eagles 2013-14 captain who, after graduating, inked a pro contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Christopher and Patrick's dad, Doug, was an All-American at Boston College before going on to have a long pro career with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. Brown is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, having won the Cup in consecutive seasons with the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. At the time, he became just the fifth former Eagle to have his name etched on Lord Stanley's Cup.

Brown's uncle, Greg Brown, is BC's current associate head coach and an NHL Draft pick himself; also drafted by the Sabres in the second round of the 1986 draft. A two-time Hobey Baker Award runner-up, Brown remains one of the best defensemen in program history.

Christopher put up a gaudy stat line last season for the Cranbrook School, 26-58--84, against Michigan high school competition. He'll take his talents to the USHL next season, playing for the Green Bay Gamblers, before joining the program in 2015-16.

Here's the pick reaction from SB Nation's Die By The Blade:

With the Sabres having so many prospects in the system already and many more to come next year, Tim Murray seems to be using the later rounds to stash away promising high school prospects who might take three, four, or five more years to even sniff the NHL, giving the Sabres a bit more flexibility on how they want to construct their team and manage their entry level contracts.

While there are no former Eagles in the Sabres organization, Christopher joins a number of former collegians in Buffalo, including North Dakota's Drew Stafford and Wisconsin's Jamie McBain and Jake McCabe.

Congrats, Christopher!

The NHL Draft concludes with five current and future Eagles selected, the most since the program saw six selections taken in the 2005 draft. Next season BC will have eight NHL Draft picks on the roster. Milano, Tuch and Demko will join Ian McCoshen (Florida), Michael Matheson (Florida), Steve Santini (New Jersey), Chris Calnan (Chicago) and Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston) as roster players whose rights are own by NHL teams.

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