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Draft Lottery this weekend

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will take place the night of Saturday, April 29. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, CBC and TVA. 

The Sabres have a 7.6 percent chance at obtaining the No. 1 overall pick.

No.
2017 Draft order
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Many believe that the No. 1 prospect may be center Nolan Patrick, son of former Sabre and coach James Patrick. Scout Bill Placzek breaks down what Nolan can offer:

“His greatest strengths at this point are his on-ice vision, maturity and competitiveness. He is already big and has displayed a notable improvement in his skating, mobility and strength. Excellent stop and start skater who explodes away from defenders. Light on his edges; difficult to contain when on the fly. Patrick is a terrific passer who holds the puck until just the right moment and then finds his spot. Goes to the net hungrily and with all possible dispatch. A good decision maker; his development is coming along nicely, especially skating and on-ice pacing.”

Patrick is not the unanimous selection for the 2017 prospect, but he has is a future franchise center for the team that gets him. As the draft and lottery get closer, we’ll have more of a breakdown on other top prospects. 

Sabres 2017 Draft Picks
RoundPickNotes
1TBD
2TBD
2TBDObtained MIN pick by trading Chris Stewart.
3TBDObtained WAS pick by trading Mike Weber.
3TBD
4TBD
5TradedTraded for rights to Anders Nilsson
7TBD

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