Sabres win NHL draft lottery and this year's top pick

Apr 29, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres won the National Hockey League's draft lottery Saturday night. That means Buffalo will have the first overall pick in next month's NHL draft.

Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill at Saturday news conference following lottery win.
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The Sabres finished last in the league this past season, giving the team the best chances in the lottery.

Following last night's drawing, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said he's happy for the fans.

"It was nerve-wrecking at the very end," Botterill said. "I'm just very, very happy for our fanbase."

The Sabres are expected to select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who is believed to be the top player available this year.