Draft Lottery-The Latest,497

Apr 30, 2018, 01:37
Draft Lottery-The Latest,497

The St. Louis Blues did not win the draft lottery Saturday night, which means the Flyers will have two selections during the first round June 22 in Dallas.

This left fans of the Canadiens, Sabres and Hurricanes - who moved up from the 11th spot - waiting until the second intermission of the Vegas-San Jose game to see if their club will have the fortune of landing the first overall pick.

Buffalo became just the eighth last-place team to win the lottery to retain the No. 1 pick since the lottery was introduced in 1995. "So it narrows the scope a bit where you say if we move up to this spot, we can get this player who's a good fit for the group of prospects that we have". "I'm just very, very happy for our fanbase". In 1987, the Sabres took center Pierre Turgeon who had an outstanding National Hockey League career.

WBFO's Mark Scott talks with our Sabres analyst Bill Hoppe about this potentially monumental weekend in Buffalo sports history.

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The Carolina Hurricanes will pick second, followed by the Montreal Canadiens in third.

The projected first overall pick in this draft for a long time now is current Frolunda defenseman 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.

The Buffalo Sabres have an 18.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick.

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Carolina is searching for a general manager after Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position last season.

Scouting bureau director Dan Marr regards Dahlin as "the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect". Islanders (from Calgary Flames), 13. And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

It's been 30 years since any of these teams picked first.

The next step for the prospects will be attending the pre-draft combine in Buffalo from May 27 to June 2.

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