Sabres have chance at No. 1 overall pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Posted April 30, 2018

In 2014 and 2015, Buffalo earned the second overall pick at thee NHL Draft Lottery and selected forwards Samson Reinhart and Jack Eichel, respectively.

The Carolina Hurricanes made the biggest move, jumping from No. 11 to No. 2 with a 3.7 percent chance to do so. The fourth through the 15th picks will be announced first, at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

"We're absolutely ecstatic", Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said before noting the splashes the Buffalo Bills made in the first round of the National Football League draft on Thursday.

The Wings dropped back one spot Saturday night, bumped when Carolina jumped from No. 11 to win one of the three lottery positions (see first-round draft order below). "We think we've got a good group already".

A big blow to the Senators rebuilding plans as the 2nd lowest regular season team dropped out of the top three picks, eliminating their chances at drafting Erik Karlsson's possible replacement in Rasmus Dahlin. It's a safe assumption that top prospects Andrei Sveshnikov and Filip Zadina will be off the board at the fifth pick, but Oliver Wahlstrom has the obvious potential and would be a welcome addition to the Desert Dog's pipeline.

This will be the Red Wings' highest selection since 1990, when they took center Keith Primeau with the third pick.

"We're absolutely ecstatic", Buffalo General Manager Jason Botterill said. The Wings had 8.5 percent odds of winning the right to draft first overall.

Other teams to win the lottery from the top spot were Edmonton (2010-Taylor Hall), the New York Islanders in 2009 (John Tavares), Tampa Bay in 2008 (Steven Stamkos), St. Louis in 2006 (Erik Johnson), Boston in 1997 (Joe Thornton) and Ottawa in 1996 (Chris Phillips). Ottawa held the option to keep its pick if it landed in the top 10 as part of a three-team deal in which the Senators acquired Matt Duchene from Colorado and sent Kyle Turris to Nashville.

The only team ahead of the Canes in the draft order is a fellow Eastern Conference squad in the Buffalo Sabres.

The NHL entry draft takes place on June 22 and 23 in Dallas.