The Buffalo Sabres won tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery and will pick first overall July 23.
This is the second time in four years the Sabres own the top pick. After they won the lottery in 2018, they selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.
The Sabres, by virtue of their last-place finish this season, had the highest odds for the No. 1 pick, just 16.6%. The NHL only conducted two draws this year, meaning the Sabres could fall no lower than third.
The expansion Seattle Kraken will pick second and the Anaheim Ducks third.
Michigan defenseman Owen Power is ranked first among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of 2021 draft prospects.
This is fourth time in franchise history the Sabres will pick first. In addition to Dahlin, they also selected centers Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).
Stay tuned for updates. Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams will talk to the media later tonight.