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.
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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.
|2||TBD||Obtained MIN pick by trading Chris Stewart.|
|3||TBD||Obtained WAS pick by trading Mike Weber.|
|5||Traded||Traded for rights to Anders Nilsson|