The NHL hosted its annual lottery design on Saturday night and determined the order of the teams that did not qualify for the playoffs.
While the team with the best chance of landing at No. 1 actually came with this selection, there were some surprises (and disappointments) in other NHL cities.
Here's a look at the winners and losers: [1
Buffalo Sabers. Oh, the hockey irony when she first made the second choice in 2015 and then made the first choice when she really did not want to be terrible this season. This is the first time that the Sabers have designed their first jumpsuit since 1987 when they took Pierre Turgeon.
The addition of a game-changing defender to Rasmus Dahlin could change the course of this franchise, as well as coach and Hall of Fame defender Phil Housley a hugely talented blueliner he can foster
By winning the lottery draft, the Buffalo Sabers are able to defend Swedish defender Rasmus Dahlin, consensus number one. Ranked nominee for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. So what will the Sabers get in Dahlin should they decide to do so? to put him in first place in June? Considered by many to be one of the best defenders to enter the design in the last decade, if not longer, Dahlin is a mature 18-year-old blueliner who is ready and creative with the puck on his stick. He is a balanced skater with high-end hockey sense and vision, who make him firm at both ends of the ice. By comparison, Dahlin's .49 points per game in the Swedish Hockey League this season, was identical to that of Victor Hedman in the same league in his draft year. Dahlin, who checks in at 6-2, 183, still needs to add some muscle power and defensively sharpen things to maximize his potential, but his shortcomings are limited. After Jack Eichel was already in the mix and Casey Mittelstadt could score with great potential last year, Dahlin should be the cornerstone that Buffalo desperately needs. He's not going to fix everything right now, but this will be another great piece for the Sabers to rummage about if they want to do what all of them expect on the design floor in June.
Teams with the worst record One of the most notable things on the Sabers wins, it was the second time in eight years that the team with the highest odds actually won the NHL lottery.
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Tom Dundon. The new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes was criticized for his untraditional management approach, and there was speculation that he might have difficulty finding the right candidate for his free managerial role. (19659004) But his team defies his chances (2.7 percent chance for the total score # 2) and is ready to draft the kind of impact offensive player missing in his roster. The Canes' GM appearance just got sexier.
Marc Bergevin. The besieged Montreal general manager did not finish first overall, but the Canadiens will find a strong player in third place. Unless, of course, Bergevin decides to postpone the selection to reinforce a veteran lineup that "wins very well now." Which he should not, however.
Fin, the Canucks' Mascot The NHL draft lottery is clearly not mascot-friendly.
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning told Sportsnet 650 that Fin, the team's plush mascot, was denied a gig in Toronto on Saturday night. "Fin wanted to go this year, but we checked with the league and they said he could not come," Benning said. Personally, I really can not believe that the NHL would not take a mascot too seriously Event in which a series of lottery balls determines the order of the logos placed on oversized cardboard squares. Well, at least the Canucks have lost only one place in the lottery, which is a nice change from the last seasons.
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Ottawa Senator. The Sens had the second best lottery quota at 13.5 percent, but fell back to 4th place thanks to the Hurricanes and Canadiens. Of course, the senators will still land a quality player here, but it will be the one that Canadians do not design.
In addition, this summer's Erik Karlsson drama with fellow countryman Rasmus Dahlin as a willing under-occupier became even more dramatic to replace him.
Teams outside the top eight. The general feeling about the 2018 NHL Draft is that the top 8 picks will produce significant players, but after that there is less impact. That's why the New York Islanders are almost certain in the draft – thanks to the Calgary Flames, who make a first-rounder for Travis Hamonic on a poorly-bred train – it's a disappointment that none of them are in the top eight ,
The timing of the NHL. The NHL's decision to announce the first 12 pre-match Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks fixtures on Saturday night and then announce the order of the top three tips during the game's second break was in theory Good. It brings more eyes to a Saturday night game on NBC. The lottery-lottery concept is heavily stimulated in social media.
But announcing the results in the second break has pushed it to after 22 o'clock. on the east coast, which is not ideal. Otherwise a fun idea that only needs a fine-tuning.