Feb 10, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Bruins beat the Sabres 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres History: Who Wore It, Number 20

Daniel Paille may just be the first current NHLer we’ve discussed in this “Who Wore It” series. Today, April 20th, we’ll take a look at the left winger who, before his time with the Boston Bruins, spent many years with the Sabres organization.

Left Wing, b. 1984
Drafted by the Sabres, 2002

Paille, who just turned 30 five days ago, grew up in Welland, Ontario, about 25 miles northwest of Buffalo. He played four years of OHL hockey with the Guelph Storm, being drafted by the Sabres in the midst of that. The Sabres selected Paille with the 20th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

After his years in Guelph ended, Paille spent the entire 2004-05 season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. He had 14 goals and 15 assists in 79 games during the regular season. He also had four playoff points.

Paille put up almost identical numbers the next season, in much fewer games. In 2005-06, he had 14 goals and 13 assists in just 45 games with the Amerks. He also saw his first NHL action that season, playing 14 games with the Sabres and scoring his first NHL goal.

The ’06-’07 season saw Paille play 29 games each for the Sabres and Amerks., notching 11 and 21 points, respectively. It wasn’t until the next season that he solidified a spot on the Sabres.

After two full seasons with the Sabres from 2007 to 2009, Paille played just two games for the Sabres in the 2009-10 season. On October 20, 2009, he was traded to the Boston Bruins. The Sabres received a 2010 3rd-rounder (Kevin Sundher) and a 2010 conditional 4th round pick that was never exercised.

After many years with the Sabres organization, Paille has been with the Bruins since his trade there in 2009. He also played with Ives Tampere during the lockout of 2012-13 and, of course, won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.

This season, Paille had nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 72 regular season games with the Bruins. Paille has been out since April 11th with an apparent head injury, so he hasn’t appeared in any playoff games for Boston yet this year.

Other players to wear #20 for the Sabres: Rob Niedermayer, Ales Kotalik, Jason HollandDoug Houda, Bob Sweeney, Dave McLlwain, Mike HartmanDon Lever, Brent Peterson, Kai Suikkanen, Don Luce, Dick DuffBrian McDonald

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  • Kevin

    Paille? I was hoping for Don Luce. I met him two times in my life. In the 80′s the Sabres held carnivals in the Aud all throughout the walkways and every hour a different Sabre would show up to help in a booth. I was just just as thrilled as the kids. Don Luce was one, Craig Ramsey, Mike Robitalle… The the second time was down here at a Central Hockey League Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs playoff game. I met him down stairs after the game outside the locker room where the players come out. He actually went past me and I said to myself “I know that guy” So when he can back through I stopped him and asked him if he was Don Luce and he said yes. Imagine Done Luce showing up at a AA hockey playoff game 1500 miles away from Buffalo. What were the odds? The talk was very cool and since I was was blogging at the time I got to use a quote by him about what he thought about the game.

    • Andrew

      This author is showing her age. If her goal is to showcase the best Sabre for each number then she has missed the mark on many numbers…Danny Gare, Graig Ramsey…and now the biggest miss in Don Luce. Any true, Blue and Old Gold, Sabres fan would not make this error. I never met Don Luce like Kevin, but he spoke volumes on the ice….

      • http://www.sabrenoise.com Tim Redinger

        I don’t think she is going for the best, but just who wore it.

      • Melissa Kania

        I never once claimed to be selecting the “best” player for each number. That would be a silly thing to attempt, since it’d be damn hard to compare players from the ’70s to more recent-era players, players of different positions, etc. My point has never been to showcase “the best” but simply to showcase some of the Sabres from all different eras.

        In fact, at the end of my very first edition of this, I specifically said: “*Please note: This isn’t to say any player profiled is the ‘best’ player to have worn a certain jersey number in Sabres history. Some numbers have been worn by 10+ players in Sabres history; some have been worn by goaltenders as well as forwards, defensemen, rookies, veterans… the whole lot. This series is designed to give you, the SabreNoise reader, a taste of Sabres history and allow you to get to know some of the alumni who have rocked the blue and gold – or the red and black, during those eras – as a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization.”