Hurricanes jump nine spots, land second overall pick in draft lottery

Hurricanes jump nine spots, land second overall pick in draft lottery

The Buffalo Sabres followed a season filled with losses by finally winning something - the National Hockey League draft lottery - and landing the No. 1 pick for just third time in franchise history.

It's safe to assume that many Vancouver Canucks fans had very minor hope about winning the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, considering the long history of this team's misfortunes when it comes to picking the lucky numbers.

The Carolina Hurricanes made the biggest move, jumping from No. 11 to No. 2 with a 3.7 percent chance to do so. They couldn't have fallen past the fourth pick. For the first time, the Sabres kept their number one pick in the lottery after losing out twice in the last four years.

This will be the Red Wings' highest selection since 1990, when they took center Keith Primeau with the third pick.

Waddell said the good fortune will alter the way the Hurricanes approach their offseason, their first under new owner Tom Dundon, who is looking to hire a coach and general manager.

Scouts rate defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, 18, a Swedish Hockey League standouts, as the consensus No. 1 overall pick this year.

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Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League is also considered a top five pick.

The Flyers were beneficiaries of the lottery a season ago, going from the 13th overall pick to the second overall pick and selecting Nolan Patrick. You think about how good your power play would look with him at the top, playing with Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson, and you get all excited. They had a 20.4 percent chance of selecting in the top three.

The first three picks will be announced during the second intermission.

Buffalo became just the eighth last-place team to win the lottery to retain the No. 1 pick since the lottery was introduced in 1995.

"I certainly know the disappointment from those couple of years, but what people have to understand is we brought in excellent players in those years", Botterill said, referring to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart.

This year's draft will be in Dallas on June 22-23.

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