Andrej Sekera was drafted in the 2004 Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, with the 71st overall pick. Being a third-round pick, there were some expectations for Sekera to develop into a decent NHL defenseman.
Sekera signed a three-year entry level deal with the Buffalo Sabres after posting 55 points in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack , while boasting an impressive plus 15 rating.
In his last OHL season, Sekera’s great defensive work won him the Max Kaminsky Trophy for being the most outstanding defenseman in the league.
The following season, Sekera began his ascent to the NHL.
During the 2006-07 season, in his first season of professional hockey, Sekera played in 54 games in the AHL for the Rochester Americans. Sekera posted 19 points (3 goals, 19 assists) and a plus 14 rating.
Sekera made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres, during the 2006-07 season, on December 9, 2006 against the Montreal Canadiens. Sekera would play in one more game with the Sabres that season, before being sent back down to the Rochester Americans. He finished his first run with the Sabres with zero points, a plus one rating and two penalty minutes in two games.
The 2007-08 season would bring Sekera more opportunities in Buffalo. He would end up splitting the season between Rochester and Buffalo. Sekera had 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists, minus three rating) for the Americans in 40 games, while posting 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists, plus five rating) in 37 games for the Sabres.
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