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SABRES WILL PICK EIGHTH IN JUNE

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 9:49 PM / News
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SABRES WILL PICK EIGHTH IN JUNE
Buffalo started the night with a 3.6% chance of moving up from the eighth position, but they will remain in that spot. The Sabres also own Minnesota\'s first-round selection.\r\n

By finishing with the fewest points in the regular season, the Florida Panthers had the best chance to land the No. 1 pick at the 2013 NHL Draft in June. But, on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche were the ones smiling.

With an 18.8 percent chance, Colorado (16-25-7) was the winner of the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery and will select first at this year’s draft, which will be held on June 30 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Buffalo started the night with a 3.6% chance of moving up from the eighth position, but they will remain in that spot. The Sabres also own Minnesota's first-round selection.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was recently revealed as the top-ranked player eligible for this year’s draft. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound blueliner had 14 goals and 42 assists in 61 games during the regular season and also helped the United States capture the gold medal at the World Junior Championships this past winter.

Other top-ranked players available for Colorado are center Nathan MacKinnon and left wing Jonathan Drouin, who both play for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The No. 1 pick will join a Colorado roster that already boasts rising stars Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene. Landeskog, 20, won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie last season and has since been named the team’s captain.

With the Avalanche winning the lottery, the Panthers will select second and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes will round out the top five.

This year’s lottery was the first in NHL history in which all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams – had a chance at winning the right to the No. 1 selection.

The odds of winning the lottery were unchanged from previous years and determined by the teams' regular-season point totals.

In previous years, the winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82