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BUFFALO, NY (MB) – The Sabres have a 1-in-20 likelihood at successful the primary general choose within the NHL Draft when the league holds its annual draft lottery Tuesday evening.

The Sabres completed the season with 75 factors, rating twenty fourth within the league. That gave Buffalo the ninth-best odds within the lottery. A full breakdown of the place they might choose is beneath.

The Sabres even have the Golden Knights’ first-round choose from the Jack Eichel commerce, however it’s top-10 protected this yr. Which means if Vegas wins a lottery slot this yr, they get to maintain the choose and Buffalo will get their 2023 first-rounder.

How you can watch the NHL Draft lottery

The Draft Lottery will likely be held at 6:30 pm on ESPN and ESPN+.

NHL Draft lottery odds

The NHL launched the next odds for the #1 choose.

  1. Montreal Canada 18.5%
  2. Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
  3. Seattle Kraken 11.5%
  4. Philadelphia Flyers 9.5%
  5. New Jersey Devils 8.5%
  6. Chicago Blackhawks* 7.5%
  7. Ottawa Senators 6.5%
  8. Detroit Pink Wings 6.0%
  9. Buffalo Sabres 5.0%
  10. Anaheim Geese 3.5%
  11. San Jose Sharks 3.0%
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets 2.5%
  13. New York Islanders 2.0%
  14. Winnipeg Jets 1.5%
  15. Vancouver Canucks 0.5%
  16. Vegas Golden Knights** 0.5%

* Beneath the phrases of a July 23, 2021 commerce, Chicago will switch its 1st-round choose within the 2022 NHL Draft to Columbus if it’s not a prime 2 choose. If it turns into a prime 2 choose on account of the Draft Lottery, Chicago will retain the choose and as a substitute switch to Columbus its 1st-round choose within the 2023 NHL Draft.

** Beneath the phrases of a Nov. 4, 2021 commerce, Vegas will switch its 1st-round choose within the 2022 NHL Draft to Buffalo if it’s not a prime 10 choose. If it turns into a prime 10 choose on account of the Draft Lottery, Vegas will retain the choose and as a substitute switch to Buffalo its 1st-round choose within the 2023 NHL Draft.

How does the lottery work?

The league continues to tweak the lottery guidelines. The highest two picks are up for grabs this yr, though groups can’t transfer up greater than 10 locations. So if the Golden Knights have been to win the lottery, they might solely transfer as much as sixth or seventh.

When will the Sabres choose?

The Sabres are presently slotted ninth, and two slots are up for grabs.

  • If the Sabres win a lottery choose, they’re going to draft first or second.
  • If the 2 lottery slots go to groups above them with the most effective odds, the Sabres will keep at #9.
  • If a crew with worse odds than the Sabres wins a lottery, the Sabres may fall again to #10 or #11.

The Sabres have a 5% likelihood at successful the #1 choose and a ten.4% likelihood of successful both the primary or second choose, in accordance with Tankathon.com.

The Sabres’ almost definitely place is staying at #9. The second-most-likely factor to occur is the Sabres falling again one slot to #10.

The place will the Golden Knights choose?

Vegas has the worst lottery odds at 0.5%. In the event that they win one of many slots, they might transfer as much as sixth or seventh and would hold the choose based mostly on the phrases of the commerce.

In the event that they keep put at sixteenth — 98.9% seemingly, per Tankathon — then the Sabres will even get the sixteenth choose.

Have the Sabres ever gained the Draft Lottery?

Sure. They gained the #1 choose in 2018 (Rasmus Dahlin) and 2021 (Owen Energy).

When is the NHL Draft?

The NHL Draft is scheduled for July 7 (Spherical 1) and July 8 (Rounds 2-7) in Montreal.

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Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better crew as a Digital Govt Producer in 2021. He beforehand labored at NBC Sports activities and The Buffalo Information. You possibly can observe Nick on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of his work right here.