For another spring, NHL executives were seated in rows in a television studio and made to await the results of the NHL Draft Lottery in the most uncomfortable manner imaginable.
It was, once again, all very silly — but apparently not silly enough for mascots to be present.
Anyway, once the Golden Knights and Sharks completed two periods in Las Vegas, it was revealed that for just the second time in the last eights prize draws that the team with the highest odds had indeed secured the No. 1 pick — and in this case the rights to draft Swedish star defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.
Here’s the complete lottery draw:
1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Carolina Hurricanes
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. Ottawa Senators
5. Arizona Coyotes
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Vancouver Canucks
8. Chicago Blackhawks
9. New York Rangers
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. New York Islanders
12. New York Islanders (via Calgary)
13. Dallas Stars
14. Philadelphia Flyers (via St. Louis)
15. Florida Panthers
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