A pre-NHL draft visit to Buffalo, N.Y., has paid off for Brad Navin.
The Buffalo Sabres drafted the former Waupaca Comet hockey player, who will play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin, in the seventh round of the NHL Entry Draft Saturday, June 25, in St. Paul, Minn.
The Sabres selected Navin, a 2011 Waupaca High School graduate, with the 197th overall pick. He had attended a Sabres combine in Buffalo earlier in June.
“Everybody I met was awesome,” Navin told www.sabres.nhl.com. “All the coaches that ran drills and interviewed me were awesome. I really enjoyed it.”
Navin scored 29 goals and had 52 points for the Comets during his senior season, which was cut short because of a knee injury. He was named to the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association all-state team as a senior and junior.
His next step is the Sabres’ rookie camp, set for July 5-10 at Niagara University.