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Botterill on winning Lottery: "I'm just very happy for our fanbase"

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Jason Botterill insists he wasn't nervous in the days leading up to Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery. The outcome was out of his control, determined by the bounce of a ball. Plus, he believed that regardless of which picked they received - one through four - the Sabres would get a good player. 

It wasn't until it came down to Buffalo and Ottawa for the last of the top three spots that Botterill's nerves began to set in. Buffalo won the spot, becoming one of three finalists for the No. 1 pick along with Carolina and Montreal. 

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Sabres to pick 1st overall at 2018 NHL Draft

Buffalo wins lottery and will pick first on June 22

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - The Buffalo Sabres have won the lottery. 

The Sabres will hold the No. 1 overall pick at the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22 after winning the top drawing at the league's annual lottery in Toronto on Saturday. Buffalo began the night with an 18.5-percent chance of attaining the top pick, the best odds for any of the 15 eligible teams. 

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2018 Draft Lottery: Buffalo's odds, who's available and more

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

We know that the Buffalo Sabres are guaranteed a top-four pick in this year's NHL Draft. Where exactly that pick will fall will be determined at the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto on Saturday night. 

The Sabres enter the lottery with the highest odds to win the No. 1 overall selection, at 18.5 percent. The chances decrease for each of the 14 remaining non-playoff teams in reverse order from where they finished in the standings, with Ottawa holding the second-highest odds at 13.5 percent. 

Here's everything you need to know heading into Saturday.

 

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Botterill recaps a 'balanced' Draft, looks ahead to free agency

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - Following a busy six weeks of getting to know a brand new scouting staff and preparing a list of prospects, Jason Botterill's first Draft as an NHL general manager is officially in the books. It began with the selection of Casey Mittelstadt on Friday and ended with Linus Weissbach being taken in the seventh round on Saturday. 

In between, the Sabres took who they believe to be a high-end forward in Marcus Davidsson and used other picks to begin replenishing organizational depth at the goalie and defense positions. All in all, Botterill seemed fairly pleased with his first go-around. 

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Sabres begin to restock goaltending cupboard with pick of Luukkonen

2nd-round pick was top-rated European goalie

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - Jason Botterill said the Sabres would look to replenish their goalie depth in the Draft if the right opportunity presented itself, but added that they weren't going to force the issue. 

Enter Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, whom the Sabres liked enough to make him the second goalie selected when they took him with the No. 54 pick, their second of Round 2, on Saturday morning. Luukkonen was the top-ranked European goalie by NHL Central Scouting Services.

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2017 NHL Draft Day 2 Recap

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - The Buffalo Sabres selected five players on the second day of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago. These five selections join Buffalo's first-round pick, forward Casey Mittelstadt, to complete the team's 2017 draft class, which includes three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender.

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Botterill: Sabres were excited to select Mittelstadt at eight

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Botterill After Rd 1 (6/23/17)

Jason Botterill After Round 1

Jason Botterill meets with the media after selecting Casey Mittelstadt 8th overall at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago

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CHICAGO - As big as Friday night was for the prospects in attendance for the NHL Draft at United Center, it also held significance for Jason Botterill. The eighth overall selection would be Botterill's first as an NHL general manager. 

Luckily for him, there wasn't much suspense. While the first seven picks may have surprised some, he felt they went nearly exactly as his staff had expected, perhaps save for one minor surprise. But once Botterill and the Sabres were on the clock, there wasn't even need for discussion.

The Sabres used the eighth pick to select center Casey Mittelstadt out of Eden Prairie High School and Green Bay of the USHL.

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Sabres select Mittelstadt in 1st round of 2017 NHL Draft

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - What was billed as an unpredictable first round lived up to the hype. That is at least if you ask Casey Mittelstadt, who watched in uncertainty as names ticked off the board at United Center one-by-one until Jason Botterill finally announced that the Buffalo Sabres had selected him with the eighth pick on Friday night.

Mittelstadt had met with the Sabres while he was in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month, but even that didn't quell his uncertainty.

"To be honest, I really wasn't sure. You go to the combine and you get some easy interviews, some hard interviews," Mittelstadt said, donning his Sabres sweater for the first time. "It's really hard to tell. No one really gives you [an indication] one way or the other. I really had no idea, but I was thrilled to go here."

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Who could the Sabres take at 8?

A look at some of the top prospects who could be available

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - The Buffalo Sabres are set to make a selection with the eighth overall pick in tonight's first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and two big questions loom. Who will be there and which prospect will Jason Botterill select in his first draft as general manager of the Sabres.

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Botterill talks Sabres' strategy on morning of Draft Day

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Botterill Pre-Draft (6/23/17)

Jason Botterill's Pre-Draft Interview

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill speaks the media before the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago

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CHICAGO - It's Draft Day, and while a flurry of trades are happening throughout the NHL as of Friday afternoon, the Sabres are still set to pick with the eighth overall selection at United Center come tonight. 

That can change, of course, and Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said the team is prepared for all possibilities entering the first round. 

"We'll look at different scenarios about possibly moving up or moving back, but right now our mindset is we're going to be choosing at eight," he said. "I think [the amateur scouting staff has] done a good job in sort of making sure that no matter how the draft plays out - [teams] go defense, go forward - we're going to be prepared and were going to like the player that we go with."

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