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

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

"Yeah, our luck is improving", Canuck general manager Jim Benning deadpanned after leaving the lottery stage. "You're going to talk about the pick you are going to take at 2 could potentially come right to your team". It's frustrating, but the Canucks never had the odds in their favour. Vancouver Canucks, 8. Chicago Blackhawks, 9.

The Canes could win one of the top three spots. "And then you see your logo".

For the first time since 1987, the Buffalo Sabres will be selecting first overall at the NHL Draft in Dallas in June. With a fairly stable left side and defensive core, it's a safe assumption that the Hurricanes will add a highly touted right winger in either Andrei Svechnikov or Filip Zadina.

It's nearly a lock that the Canucks will take a defenceman at this point.

So picking seventh instead of sixth should not make much difference. "I think those are the main things". The Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes fell out of the top three to picks No. 4 and No. 5. "You felt in the building, a lot of quietness coming into the games, but whenever we did something they wanted to cheer, they wanted to be supportive". But we can look on the bright side tomorrow. That's what we did with Boeser at 23 (in 2015) and Pettersson at five (in 2017). The worst-case scenario played out past year. A top three pick for Montreal is an interesting situation to keep an eye on, as they are the first team of the draft that may pick outside the prospect rankings and take a lower ranked defender over the right wing prospect that Carolina doesn't choose. Most importantly, the Hurricanes won a lottery.

The last time the Canucks picked seventh, GM Pat Quinn chose brawny forward Alek Stojanov in 1991.

"I certainly know the disappointment from those couple of years, but what people have to understand is we brought in excellent players in those years", Botterill said, referring to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart.

None of those players stack up with Rasmus Dahlin, but they'll still provide an immediate boost to the Canucks' prospect pool in a key area of need.

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