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From WNY to the NHL

Western New York has a strong history when it comes to producing players who are drafted by the NHL. There'll be another name added to the long list on Saturday when Dylan Blujus hears his name called out at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Blujus, who played two seasons with the Wheatfield Blades and played with the Buffalo Regals under 18 team as well, was projected 57th in The Hockey News Draft guide and was ranked the 71st best skater in North America by the Central Scouting Bureau.  
Blujus joined the WGR Morning show earlier this week and no doubt will be thrilled with whatever team selects him but his hometown team, the Sabres, is his favorite NHL club. "As a kid just growing up playing mini sticks in my living room" Blujus remembered. "Just messing around as a Buffalo Sabre player.  Its always been a dream to play for the Sabres since I was a little kid, the Sabres have always been my top choice."

Listen to the entire interview with Blujus including his testing at the NHL combine and the toughest workout drill he's ever experienced. 
He didn't have a favorite Sabres player growing up but he definitely has one now.  Blujus plays defense and watches Tyler Myers every chance he gets. "He’s such a big guy and his skating is great. He makes it look so easy out there" Blujus said of the hulking blueliner. "He’s a shifty player and I want to base my game off of his."
Blujus has played for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League for the last two seasons.  He had four goals and 22 points two years ago and was fourth on the team in scoring last season with seven goals and 34 points.  Blujus credits Battalion Coach Stan Butler for helping bring his game up to the point where NHL teams have taken notice. " I really think he’s kind of settled my game down and made me realize who I am now with a two way defensive type of game with a good heavy shot from the point" Blujus told WGR.  "I get all the chances in Brampton on the power play and penalty kill. I can’t complain about anything. I’m getting great development there."
Athletics is in the blood lines of the 6 foot 3, 193 pound Blujus.  His older brother Austin played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Buffalo Junior Sabres. Blujus is also getting some good advice on what it takes to be a pro from his brother-in-law, Dan Gronkowski.  Dan is one of three Gronkowski brothers who went from the high school fields of Western New York all the way to the NFL.  Rob is now one of the top tight ends in the league.  Dan Gronkowski will be among the family and friends in Pittsburgh celebrating Dylan's big moment this weekend.

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