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Be afraid: Brendan Lemieux wants to follow father Claude’s footsteps

Jun 28, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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Future opponents probably don’t want to hear this, but Buffalo Sabres second-round pick Brendan Lemieux is more than fine with following in the (in)famous footsteps of his father Claude Lemieux.

If that doesn’t inspire people to keep their heads on a swivel, he also seems a little vengeful about falling to the Sabres at the 31st spot today.

“He was definitely disappointed. He was crushed last night,” Claude said to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Of course, that opens the door to the common draft storyline of having added motivation to “prove his doubters wrong.” Roll your eyes at the trope as much as you want, but it’s a scary thought to imagine an angry player who’s more than fine with emulating his notorious father, isn’t it?

Brendan Lemieux definitely didn’t shy away from his father’s legacy of controversial hits and antagonizing behavior, as Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy reports.

“I’m proud of the way he played and how hated he was,” Brendan said. “I just love that about him. I definitely want to follow in his footsteps and I want to be that guy that can step up in the playoffs and really be that playoff performer. To me, that’s what’s most important is the postseason and that’s the kind of player I want to be. I want to come up big when it counts.”

The 18-year-old prospect certainly showed signs of that snarl during his career, especially during the 2013-14 season. He amassed 145 penalty minutes to go with 27 goals and 53 points in 65 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts.

Much like Henrik Samuelsson to his father Ulf, it doesn’t sound like Brendan Lemieux has any issues emulating his father’s style.

He won’t wear the same duds as Claude, at least not to start. His father believes the New Jersey Devils made a mistake passing him up at the very end of the first round, yet Brendan seems most steamed about missing out on the chance to play for the Colorado Avalanche (who chose Conner Bleackley with the 23rd selection instead).

“There were a few teams there that really stung,” Brendan told Puck Daddy. “I’m definitely to love going in their arenas and really making it hard on their guys because they decided to pass me over, so I’m just going to use this as fuel.

“They gave one of the more fiery guys in the draft, I’d like to say, a lot more fire.”

Uh oh, indeed.

  1. avscup - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I’m with Brendan. I was hoping the Avs would take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. They need much more grit to go with their immense talent. I think the kid plays a role for years to come and I’ll bet he plays a lot more NHL hockey than Bleakly! I hope they are both long time players!

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Talk is cheap. Ride in your dirty dads shadow young man. Let’s see what you got. Not much in my opinion.

    • avscup - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Dad was a stud. Played hard and gave out just as much dirty as was done to him. No problem with that unless you are today’s wussified society!

      You must be a hypocrite.

      • jeff91121 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Yeah turtle boy was quite the stud. Not a stand up fight he was afraid to turtle from. He was much better at blind side hits and boarding.

      • avscup - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        He’s a lot tougher than most keyboard tough hockey site trolls. I’m pretty sure you would be turtle boy if you called him that.

        Besides, Draper went down like a free beer. It was unfortunate that his face hit the dasher but the bump was nothing!

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    This kid needs to remember he’s not claiming to play big and bad against the kids in the minors. He’s going to be going up against players like Lucic, Chara, Oshie and Kronwall to name a few players that are not afraid to level a player. Also some who wont shy away from dropping the gloves to knock some sense into this kid.

    Im excited to see a type of player like this enter the league if he plans on laying big and clean hits. With this kind of talk, he may be setting himself up for a rough rookie season though.

  4. 101starmymedic - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I can’t wait to see him turtle like his old man when someone welcomes him into the big league.

    • credible316 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      If welcome means taking a cheap shot from behind, then he’ll kick that guys ass when met face to face. Like his old man.

      • 101starmymedic - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        If you say so. I anxiously await his induction into the NHL. Especially playing for the Sabres…

  5. 19inarow - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Does Kris Draper have a son who plays hockey?

    • gettingpwned - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      i was wondering the same thing! does brett lindros have a kid too?

  6. arlingtonrob - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM


    …in today’s game that means fined and suspended.

    Shut up and play hockey…

  7. pj608 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    We all know what happened to Micheal Jordan’s son. I know this is hockey but it is very rare that apples from the tree follow the real step foots of their father. I know he was great pre draft but we will see what happens. I NJ passing him up doesn’t bite us in the ass though.

    • pj608 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Foot steps*** thats what beer does when your typing,

  8. 34defense2014 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Figured a Rag fan would talk junk about his Dad bleedrangerblue!! Is it because your Rags couldn’t beat the Dev’s? But one time? Or is it that his Dad use to make your Rags look worse then they did in this years final? Oh, sorry your Queen was going to put the Rags in his back and Win the Cup lol thank God for that Snowman the Queen made on the Redline at the City Dump in the forth game? lol lol Give me 90’s Hockey any day over these new Roller Hockey rules!!!

  9. nflnhlrulznbasux - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Turtle Jr. sounded more like a pissed off john after some w-hore just ran away with his 20 bucks, rather then a top-end draft pick. awwwwh, cry me some tears because you didn’t get picked in the first round and had to go to bed and wait the next day.
    Jr. should have made this threat to any team that overlooked him before the draft, then it might have meant something,…. like you’re now gonna play harder or dirtier or dive more like the old man?….hey, jr, they all were gonna over-look you anyway, you weren’t good enough!
    Jr, please remind everyone at every game you play in opposing arenas of your emotional molestation over this draft, just so those teams can extra-pummel you each night.

  10. kgun80 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Like to see some young gritty players to go with all the skilled young forwards Buffalo is developing. Sabres may be bad now but the future looks bright!

  11. rgledz - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Maybe Brian Bellows kid will be in the NHL soon and Claude’s kid can go knee to knee in open ice just like in the 91 SC finals. What a moment that would be.

  12. djshnooks - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    He said he can play like his dad. But you failed to mention he can contribute on offense and be a good leader. He is a pest in the mold of Matthew Barnaby.

    He was a 1st round talent and he’s pissed.

    He doesn’t want to follow his dad’s footsteps, he wants to take his own path…which is great starting in Buffalo, a team his dad has absolutely zero connections to…besides the beatings he occasionally took from Razor and MayDay.

    (Did anybody else see Reinhart there on Saturday to greet his teammates??? That’s something special nobody else has done.)

  13. toesml - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Blaa Blaa Blaa, Nice mouth kid, he’s got a long way to go to prove if he’s even worth the 31st spot….. I like his grit, but it may backfire on him, he’d be wise to keep his trap shut until he has actually played a bit with the big boys and survived!

    Good luck kid, let your play on the ice do your talking!

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