10. Danny Gare

10. Danny Gare

Danny Gare exceeded expectations early, as the Second Round Pick made the Sabres roster immediately, scoring 62 Points and finishing third for the Calder in 1974-75.

Playing at Right Wing, Gare improved his Point tally to 73 in 1975-76 and was nearly a Point per Game player during his Sabres run.  In 1979-80, Gare had his best season in the NHL when he was a co-leader in Goals (56), with his 11 Game-Winning Goals leading the league.  A Second Team All-Star that year, he was also invited to play in the All-Star Game that year and the year after, when he had his second straight 80-Point year.

As good as he was, the Sabres traded him to Detroit as part of a six-player transaction.  Gare scored an even 500 Points in 503 Games for Buffalo, and in 2005, his no. 18 was retired by the team.  The Sabres also inducted Gare to their Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 29th Overall in the NHL Draft 5/28/74.
  • Departed: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Jim Schoenfeld and Derek Smith for Mike Foligno, Dale McCourt, and Brent Peterson 12/2/81.
  • Games Played: 503
  • Notable Statistics:

    267 Goals
    233 Assists 
    500 Points 
    686 PIM 
    .99 PPG 
    +187 Plus/Minus 
    50.7 Point Shares 
    44 Points in 58 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (1980)
    All-Star Game (1980 & 1981)
    Most Goals (1979-80)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (1979-80)

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