BUFFALO – Chalk up one more loss for the Sabres this season.
The rebuilding club couldn’t retain the No. 1 overall pick during tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto. Instead, the Florida Panthers moved up one spot to the top selection.
The Sabres will pick second in June. Thanks to their 30th ranking this season, the Sabres had a 25 percent chance of keeping the top pick, more than any other team. The Panthers had an 18.8 percent chance.
Earlier today, Sabres general manager Tim Murray said he wanted “to win the lottery.”
“I want to win something here,” he said.
The New York Islanders, who must give the Sabres their first-round pick this year or in 2015, kept fifth selection tonight.