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Sabres to select 7th overall at 2019 NHL Draft

New Jersey won the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery and will pick 1st

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

TORONTO - The Sabres will hold the seventh-overall pick when the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft kicks off in Vancouver on June 21. 

The New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks won drawings for the top three picks, respectively, at the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto on Tuesday night. 

The Sabres began the night with an 8.5-percent chance to win the No. 1 pick, the fifth-best odds of the 15 eligible teams. The Devils had the third-best odds (11.5 percent). New York jumped into the top three from the sixth position (7.5 percent) while Chicago jumped all the way from 12th (2.5 percent). 

Recent notable seventh-overall picks include Mathew Dumba (2012), Ivan Provorov (2015), Clayton Keller (2016) and Quinn Hughes (2018). 

Center Jack Hughes and right wing Kaapo Kakko are the consensus top two prospects in this year's draft. TSN's Bob McKenzie lists USA NTDP center Alex Turcotte as his seventh-ranked prospect. Craig Button lists Turcotte's teammate, left wing Matthew Boldy, at No. 7. 

The 2019 NHL Draft will be held on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Here's the post-lottery draft order in its entirety:

1 - New Jersey
2 - New York Rangers
3 - Chicago 
4 - Colorado (from Ottawa)
5 - Los Angeles
6 - Detroit
7 - Buffalo
8 - Edmonton
9 - Anaheim 
10 - Vancouver 
11 - Philadelphia
12 - Minnesota
13 - Florida
14 - Arizona
15 - Montreal

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