Sabres get top pick for 2018 NHL Draft
The Buffalo Sabres won the draft lottery on Saturday and will have the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
The Carolina Hurricanes will have the second pick, and the Montreal Canadiens' name came up third.
Earlier in the day, slots 4-15 were determined. The top three spots were announced during the second intermission of the San Jose Sharks-Vegas Golden Knights playoff game.
Vying for the top pick in the draft is nothing new to Buffalo. In 2014 and 2015 the Sabres had the worst record in the NHL but failed to see their ping pong ball emerge at the right time.
It was especially tough to take in 2015 when the top prize was Connor McDavid, who went to the Edmonton Oilers and won the Art Ross Trophy in each of his first two seasons as the NHL's leader in points.
This year's top player is 18-year-old Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.
"Dahlin is the real deal and the clear-cut, number one, pro-ready prospect for the 2018 draft," said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting on NHL.com.
"His play at the World Junior Championship solidified that fact. He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and pace of a game whether it's with or without the puck. He finds ways to contribute and get the job done in all situations."
The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas.
NHL Draft Lottery results
9. NY Rangers
11. NY Islanders
12. NY Islanders (via Calgary)
14. Philadelphia (via St. Louis)