Sabres have best odds in NHL draft lottery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Last-place Buffalo Sabres fans have a big reason to tune into the NHL playoffs next weekend. The NHL will hold its draft lottery to determine who gets the No. 1 pick on Saturday, before Game 2 of a first-round playoff series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Buffalo has the best shot of landing the top pick of the 14 non-playoff teams. The odds are based on the standings, with the Sabres having a 20 percent chance of winning followed by Arizona at 13.5.

Buffalo will pick no lower than second in a draft that features two highly regarded centers: Erie Otters Connor McDavid and Boston University’s Jack Eichel.

The Sabres finished 30th last year, but chose second after losing the lottery to 29th-place Florida. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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