A franchise which became the NHL's first to finish 31st in the standings following this year's addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights came away a victor in the draft lottery held in Toronto on Saturday night.
The lottery will determine the top three picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and don't discount luck. Buffalo entered the lottery with the best odds at 18.5 per cent and become the 16th team to win the sweepstakes. "And I'm very happy for our group". And they also selected Pierre Turgeon with top pick in 1987.
WBFO's Mark Scott talks with our Sabres analyst Bill Hoppe about this potentially monumental weekend in Buffalo sports history.
Heading into the lottery, the Canadiens had a 9.5 per cent chance of getting the No. 1 pick after finishing 28th in the overall National Hockey League standings during the regular season.
The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas.
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At the sixth pick, the worst-case scenario is that the Red Wings will have their choice of three of the second-tier defensemen available after missing out on Rasmus Dahlin.
Botterill said it was premature to say who the Sabres would consider selecting, though Hurricanes president Don Waddell guessed it will likely be Dahlin.
Dahlin has the chance of becoming just the second Swedish-born player to be taken first after the Quebec Nordiques chose Mats Sundin with the No. 1 pick in 1989.
Dahlin, who plays in the Swedish Elite League, was named best defenseman at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The team is also in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon. "We're disappointed not to get a lottery pick, but it's a good draft". Islanders (from Calgary Flames), 13. The lottery has again benefitted the Flyers, who don't have to wait another year for the additional first-round pick.