Draft Lottery Kind to Sabres; Rangers, Islanders Drop

The hockey gods have smiled their good fortune down on the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo will be selecting No. 1 overall in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the Draft Lottery Saturday night in Toronto.

It’s the third time in the franchise’s history where the Sabres will pick No. 1 overall. Buffalo selected Hall of Famer Gilbert Perrault with the first pick in the 1970 Amateur Draft and chose Pierre Turgeon in the 1987 Draft.

The odds were always in favor for the Sabres, who had an 18.5 percent chance of winning the lottery by virtue of their record during the 2017-18 season.

Because the Carolina Hurricanes moved up to the No. 2 spot in the Draft Lottery, the Rangers, who had the eighth-best odds to win it, fell one spot and will select No. 9 overall.

The Blueshirts have picked ninth overall three times in franchise history, including Hall of Famer Brian Leetch in 1986.

The Islanders, who had two first-round picks that were eligible for the lottery, will have back-to-back selections, as they’ll pick 11th and 12th overall.

The Isles have only selected 11th once before, taking defenseman Pat Price in the 1975 Amateur Draft. They picked 12th in the 2009 Draft, taking defenseman Calvin de Haan.