Red Wings to Pick Sixth After Draft Lottery

Hope Soto
April 30, 2018

The Canadiens won the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft lottery, but they might not hang onto it.

They ended the night with the first overall pick.

After not being pulled for picks eight or nine, many fans on social media were on edge thinking the Canucks could land a top-three draft choice for the first time since 1999.

For a third straight year at the National Hockey League draft lottery, the ball didn't bounce the way of the Vancouver Canucks. "We're disappointed not to get a lottery pick, but it's a good draft".

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.

The NHL draft begins June 22 in Dallas. "We're really looking forward to adding a great player to our group here at the end of June".

The Hurricanes are in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon.

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The Buffalo Sabres have an 18.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick.

Dahlin, who plays in the Swedish Elite League, was named best defenseman at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. Last week, coach Bill Peters announced his resignation and was then hired by the Calgary Flames on Monday. The Habs have selected third overall once since 1969 taking Alex Galchenyuk at No. 3 in 2012.

The next step for the prospects will be attending the pre-draft combine in Buffalo from May 27 to June 2.

The New York Rangers moved down from the No. 8 selection to No. 9 while the New York Islanders, the owner of two first-round picks after acquiring a first rounder from Calgary in exchange for Travis Hamonic previous year, will pick 11th and 12th.

The Senators are expected to retain their selection and instead send their 2019 first-round pick to Colorado.

With General Manager Pierre Dorion already confirming the team will keep the pick instead of sending it to Colorado to fulfill the Matt Duchene trade, the question turns to which of the top three forward prospects will be available.

The remaining order for the first round's picks will be determined as the Stanley Cup playoffs progress.

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