Sabres win National Hockey League draft lottery, eye Dahlin

Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres remained in the running for the first overall pick, which has yet to be announced.

Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is regarded as the top-rated prospect and is listed first among European skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings. A year ago, the New Jersey Devils won the lottery to move from fifth in the draft order to first. "But it would not surprise me if three or four or five players out of this draft start out in the National Hockey League next season".

"When it got to be No. 11 and our name didn't come up there, it was like: 'Wow, do you believe just what happened?'" Waddell said.

The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery is in the books with the Buffalo Sabres winning the first-overall selection and taking Rasmus Dahlin.

However, Bergevin also acknowledged that he would be open to trading the pick.

This will be the Red Wings' highest selection since 1990, when they took center Keith Primeau with the third pick. They couldn't have fallen past the fourth pick.

Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League is also considered a top five pick. "The option of having the No. 2 pick is a lot more valuable than at No. 11", Waddell said. The value if you decide to trade that pick, what that value could be with that type of pick, so I think this changes 100 percent the thinking. Before their winning streak, the Canucks had a chance at finishing last overall to get an 18.5% chance at the first overall pick. There was a 38.9 per cent chance of Vancouver picking seventh, compared to a 23.3 per cent likelihood of moving into the top three.

With General Manager Pierre Dorion already confirming the team will keep the pick instead of sending it to Colorado to fulfill the Matt Duchene trade, the question turns to which of the top three forward prospects will be available. But we can look on the bright side tomorrow. In 1986, Jack Gordon drafted centre Dan Woodley seventh overall.

  • Stacy Allen