Playing for the Buffalo Sabres seems to be making David Legwand that much more conscious of being “really old.”
35 doesn’t qualify as such under most terms, but it is a little up there in professional sports, especially for a guy who was suiting up for the Nashville Predators in his late teens.
All of that mileage noted, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma expects the second pick of the 1998 NHL Draft to remain a “fast skater, an aggressive skater, a smart hockey player.”
“I think I can still contribute and play key roles and do whatever the coaches ask of me,” Legwand said, according to Olean Times Herald.
It all seems oddly fitting that Legwand’s “old legs” are being discussed in prospect-packed Buffalo:
Legwand recalled that day for reporters, as the Buffalo News reports.
“I remember San Jose had the second pick, and my agent looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to Nashville.’ I said, ‘Whoa,'” Legwand said. “Other than that, it was pretty much a whirlwind day. It was exciting, obviously. It’s like it comes full circle to get the chance to play where you’re drafted.”
Many Sabres fans view Legwand as a mere throw-in for the Robin Lehner trade, yet he may pay dividends, and not just on the ice.