NHL Draft: Jr Sabres Spotlight


The Buffalo Junior Sabres organization is incredibly proud to announce five alumni who were selected in this year’s National Hockey League Draft. Congratulations to all players selected by teams across the NHL, especially our alumni who put in countless hours of hard work on and off the ice and set a wonderful example for our future.

Luke Tuch (’02) was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 47th overall selection in the NHL Draft. Tuch played for the Jr. Sabres 16U teams in the 2017-18 season. He averaged nearly a point-per-game in AAA action and was also an impressive offensive contributor in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. The Baldwinsville, NY native played for the National U17 and U18 teams as well as the USNTDP Juniors. Last season, he recorded 30 points with the development program and 14 points in 19 USHL games. He is now attending Boston University.

Trevor Kuntar (’01) was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 89th overall selection in the NHL Draft. Kuntar, a Williamsville native, played for the Jr. Sabres organization at both the 14U and 16U levels between 2015 and 2017. He also represented the Jr. Sabres at the Quebec PeeWee Tournament in 2014. Kuntar later joined the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms, where he played three seasons, including being named an alternate captain in 2019-20. Last season, he put up 53 points (28-25) in 44 games. He is now attending Boston College.

Colby Ambrosio (’02) was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the 118th overall selection in the NHL Draft. Ambrosio, a native of nearby Welland, Ontario, was part of the Jr. Sabres’ 16U teams in the 2017-18 season. He went on to play two seasons with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, including recording 50 points in just 48 games this past season. Ambrosio also represented Canada at the U17 World Hockey Championships. He is now attending Boston College.

Matteo Costantini (’02) was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 131st overall selection. Costantini, who just turned 18 in August, spent last season with the Jr. Sabres’ Ontario Junior Hockey League team, where he recorded 68 points in 50 games and received numerous accolades. He previously played for the 16U Jr. Sabres in 2018-19. Costantini joined the BCHL’s Penticton Vees for this upcoming season, and recently announced his commitment to the University of North Dakota.

Declan McDonnell (’02) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 217th overall selection. The Lake View, NY native developed his way up through the Jr. Sabres organization, from the 13U team all the way up to the OJHL squad, including representing the team in the Quebec PeeWee Tournament in 2015. A member of the Jr. Sabres organization from 2015 until 2019, McDonnell later joined the USHL’s Lincoln Stars before suiting up for the Kitchener Rangers this past season. He recorded 42 points in 63 games.

Once again, the Buffalo Junior Sabres organization would like to congratulate the aforementioned players and their families, friends and coaches who have all been an integral part of their journey up to this point. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for these young men.

-Melissa Burgess