Cole Eiserman could be an intriguing choice for Buffalo if it keeps the 11th overall pick. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu, IIHF-HHOF

Sabres to pick 11th overall; Sharks win lottery, can draft Macklin Celebrini

The Buffalo Sabres stayed put in Tuesday’s NHL Draft Lottery, receiving the 11th overall pick.

The San Jose Sharks, who possessed the highest odds for the first selection, 18.5 percent, won the lottery and the right to select Boston University superstar Macklin Celebrini.

Mike Grier, a popular former Sabres winger, is San Jose’s general manager.

The Sabres, thanks to their disappointing 84-point finish, could’ve moved up as many as 10 spots. They had 3 percent odds for the top pick.

They’ve drafted 11th overall five times in franchise history, most recently when they picked defenseman Keith Ballard in 2002.

This year’s draft will be held June 28 and 29 in Las Vegas.

The complete lottery draft order:

1. San Jose Sharks

2. Chicago Blackhawks

3. Anaheim Ducks

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Utah

7. Ottawa Senators

8. Seattle Kraken

9. Calgary Flames

10. New Jersey Devils

11. Buffalo Sabres

12. Philadelphia Flyers

13. Minnesota Wild

14. San Jose Sharks (from the Pittsburgh Penguins)

15. Detroit Red Wings

16. St. Louis Blues

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