Buffalo Sabres Have Slim Chance At #1 Overall NHL Pick
Tonight the NHL will hold their annual draft lottery and the Buffalo Sabres have an outside chance at landing the #1 overall pick for the 2022 NHL draft.
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The NHL draft lottery is open to all teams that did not qualify for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs or the teams that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams.
The first 16 picks of the NHL Draft Lottery will determine by the lottery tonight. According to NHL.com, the Buffalo Sabres have a 5% chance of landing the #1 overall pick in this year's draft.
Here are all the odds of landing the #1 overall pick heading into tonight's lottery.
Montreal Canadiens 18.5%
Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
Seattle Kraken 11.5%
Philadelphia Flyers 9.5%
New Jersey Devils 8.5%
Chicago Blackhawks 7.5%
Ottawa Senators 6.5%
Detroit Red Wings 6.0%
Buffalo Sabres 5.0%
Anaheim Ducks 3.5%
San Jose Sharks 3.0%
Columbus Blue Jackets 2.5%
New York Islanders 2.0%
Winnipeg Jets 1.5%
Vancouver Canucks 0.5%
Vegas Golden Knights 0.5%
The Buffalo Sabres could have two first-round draft picks this year depending on where the Vegas Golden Knight land in the lottery. The Sabres acquired Vegas' first-round pick unless that pick lands in the top 10. If that happens, the Sabres would get Vegas' 1st round pick in 2023.
The Sabres have had the #1 overall pick four times since 1970 and their picks were Gilbert Perreault in 1970, Pierre Turgeon in 1987, Rasmus Dahlin in 2018, and Owen Power in 2021.
It will be a couple of months before we find out who will be the next Buffalo Sabre since the NHL draft is set for July 7th.