For the fourth time in the last eight years, the Buffalo Sabres will have the eighth overall pick in the NHL Draft.
The Sabres had just a 6.5% chance for the top pick, the seventh-highest odds in tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery.
So who won the lottery and the right to select ultra-talent winger Alexis Lafreniere? Well, no one did.
A placeholder was chosen in the first spot, meaning another draw will take place at a later date. The eight teams that don’t advance from the playoff qualifying round the NHL plans to hold later this summer will each have 12.5% odds for the No. 1 pick.
This is the eighth straight year the Sabres have a pick in the top eight.
The early draft order determined tonight:
1. Placeholder team
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres