Kevyn Adams’ Sabres couldn’t move up more than 10 spots in the NHL Draft Lottery. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres to pick 13th overall; Blackhawks win lottery, can draft Connor Bedard

The Buffalo Sabres stayed put in Monday’s NHL Draft Lottery, receiving the 13th overall pick.

The most interesting news, of course, was the Chicago Blackhawks, who had the third-highest odds at 11.5 percent, winning the lottery and the right to draft junior superstar Connor Bedard.

The Sabres, thanks to their 91-point finish this season – the fourth-highest total among non-playoff teams – weren’t eligible to win the first or second overall pick. A team can only move up 10 spots if it wins one of the draws for the first or second selection.

The Sabres have drafted 13th overall six times in franchise history, most recently when they picked forward Zack Kassian in 2009.

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

The complete lottery draft order:

1. Chicago Blackhawks

2. Anaheim Ducks

3. Columbus Blue Jackets

4. San Jose Sharks

5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Arizona Coyotes

7. Philadelphia Flyers

8. Washington Capitals

9. Detroit Red Wings

10. St. Louis Blues

11. Arizona Coyotes (from the Ottawa Senators)

13. Buffalo Sabres

14. Pittsburgh Penguins

15. Nashville Predators

16. Calgary Flames

The Sabres on Monday assigned forward prospect Olivier Nadeau, 20, to the Rochester Americans. Nadeau’s junior season with the Gatineau Olympiques recently ended.

The Sabres drafted Nadeau in the fourth round in 2021, 97th overall.

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