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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
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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
18Forward Casey Mittelstadt
237Forward Marcus Davidsson
254Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
389Defenseman Oskari Laaksonen
499Defenseman Jacob Bryson
7192Forward Linus Weissbach

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