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Sabres win NHL Draft Lottery, will pick first overall

The Buffalo Sabres are on the clock.

The Sabres won the lottery on Tuesday for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft, which will be held virtually on July 23 and 24. They entered the evening with a 16.6-percent chance of obtaining the pick, the highest odds among the 16 participating teams.

Buffalo has held the first overall pick three times in franchise history: 1970 (Gilbert Perreault), 1987 (Pierre Turgeon), and 2018 (Rasmus Dahlin).

University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power, a puck mover who blends mobility with a 6-foot-6, 213-pound frame, is considered the top North American prospect by NHL Central Scouting Services.

NHL CSS rounds out its top five North American skaters with center Mason McTavish, center Kent Johnson, defenseman Luke Hughes, and right wing Dylan Guenther. Its list of the top five European prospects is comprised of left wing William Eklund, defenseman Simon Edvinsson, center Aatu Raty, right wing Nikita Chibrikov, and defenseman Daniil Chayka.

The expansion Seattle Kraken won the lottery for the second pick. The complete order of the top 15 picks is as follows:

1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Seattle Kraken
3. Anaheim Ducks
4. New Jersey Devils
5. Columbus Blue Jackets
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. San Jose Sharks
8. Los Angeles Kings
9. Vancouver Canucks
10. Ottawa Senators
11. Chicago Blackhawks
12. Calgary Flames
13. Philadelphia Flyers
14. Dallas Stars
15. New York Rangers