Sabres win Lottery, will select 1st in upcoming NHL Draft

Sabres win Lottery, will select 1st in upcoming NHL Draft

Sabres win Lottery, will select 1st in upcoming NHL Draft

And they entered the draft lottery in Toronto on Saturday night with the best odds - 18.5 percent- to win the first pick.

In 2014 and 2015 the Sabres drafted second overall despite having the best odds at securing the top pick in the draft.

Carolina will select second overall while Montreal will select third. Ottawa and Arizona each slipped two spots, to fourth and fifth respectively.

The only thing left to do now is wait for the draft on June 22, which feels like a shorter wait than sitting through the first two periods of the Vegas-San Jose game to see the order of the top three teams.

With the first overall selection in 1970, the Sabres selected Hall of Famer Gilbert Perrault.

The projected first overall pick in this draft for a long time now is current Frolunda defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. "But we're going to be excited for the players we're going to get".

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Scouting bureau director Dan Marr regards Dahlin as "the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect". There is an agreement in place for Peter Karmanos sell a majority stake of the team to Tom Dundon. The 18-year-old was named the best defenseman at the World Juniors in Buffalo earlier this year. Islanders (from Calgary Flames), 13.

The Canadiens will select third for the second time since drafting Alex Galchenyuk at that position in 2012.

The 15 National Hockey League teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup postseason participated in the lottery, which was held in Toronto.

The Flyers also received Jori Lehtera and the Blues' first-round pick a year ago in the Schenn trade.

The remaining order for the first round's picks will be determined as the Stanley Cup playoffs progress.

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