After the first round of Saturday’s NHL Draft Lottery, it was Ottawa and Arizona rounding out the top five, followed by Detroit, Vancouver, Chicago, New York (Rangers) and Edmonton at No. 10.
This left fans of the Canadiens, Sabres and Hurricanes — who moved up from the 11th spot — waiting until the second intermission of the Vegas-San Jose game to see if their club will have the fortune of landing the first overall pick.
It’s been 30 years since any of these teams picked first.
#NHLDraftLottery will see the Canadiens, Sabres or Hurricanes draft 1st overall. BUF's picked 1st twice (1970, 1987), MTL 5 times (1963, 1968-69, 1971, 1980) & CAR never before
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) April 29, 2018
When all was said and done, it was the Sabres who saw the odds fall in their favour and will get to draft a generational blueliner in Rasmus Dahlin, with the Hurricanes and Habs choosing second and third, respectively.
As one would expect in this beautiful, technological world we live in, Hockey Twitter — especially in Buffalo, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa — was buzzing after the results.
Party responsibly, Buffalo!
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) April 29, 2018
I can't remember the last time the #Sabres had a franchise defenseman. They just got one. This is not a drill.
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) April 29, 2018
— Let's Go Amerks (@LetsGoAmerks) April 29, 2018
best weekend ever!!
— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) April 29, 2018
The #Sabres have to get Dahlin just so there's a chance of a pair of Rasmuses in the same pairing. Come on! Too enticing "The dueling Rasmuses!"
— Michelle Sturino (@MichelleSturino) April 29, 2018
— Bill Murphy (@murphy1616) April 29, 2018
Watching Dahlin highlights…HOW is he a Defensemen with those moves?! #Sabres
— James Krawczak (@jameskraw) April 29, 2018
With the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Buffalo #Sabres select…
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) April 29, 2018
The Buffalo #Sabres get the top pick & Rasmus Dahlin. That changes the mood in that city drastically. Ryan O'Reilly & Chad Johnson were ripping the team's situation a couple of weeks ago. And now: they have the next great young talent in the #hockey world on their roster.
— Randip Janda (@RandipJanda) April 29, 2018
The Oilers attempt to #MakeItFive fell short but, let’s be real — with four first overall picks since 2010, Edmonton was the last team that deserved to draft Dahlin.
— Coldplay_Oilers (@coldplay_oilers) April 28, 2018
— Geoff caldwell (@Geoff_caldwell) April 28, 2018
— Nick Emanuelli (@NickEmanuelli) April 29, 2018
— Shaun Bilyk (@stovernut83) April 28, 2018
— Devon Tufts – Midlife Crisis (@Ryudoz82) April 29, 2018
— Darren Thibeau (@darrenthibeau) April 29, 2018
With the oilers not winning the draft lottery, we get to actually evaluate Kieth Gretzky’s drafting ability! I’m excited to see who he drafts. I’d pass on Dobson & Bouchard. You need to skate in the NHL first & foremost.
— OEG (@OILCHEMIST) April 29, 2018
The Canucks have been the NHL’s lowliest squad since 2015, but haven’t selected any higher than 5th.
The Vancouver Canucks have been the worst team in the league over the past 3 years. They've had the 5th, 5th, and 7th picks to show for all of that losing. Woof.
— Filipovic Forsberg (@DimFilipovic) April 28, 2018
— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) April 28, 2018
— CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) April 28, 2018
"For the 3rd straight year the Canucks fall in the draft." pic.twitter.com/OKa64FdkTs
— Stewart Purvey (@Stewage71) April 28, 2018
A brief look at the draft lottery pros and cons for Canucks fans.
-It wasn't EDM
-It wasn't CHI
-No "get out of jail free" card for mgmt
-Tkachuk either gets taken ahead or is a fine pick at 7
-Unlikely they get an elite player
-NYI didn't win with CGY's pick
— Jackson McDonald (@Johnny_Perogy) April 29, 2018
Right on cue, disappointment with the draft leads to attacks on Benning & Linden. No one would ever admit that they think management is responsible for our bad luck – that would be stupid – but boy does it sure look like people are blaming management for our bad luck. #Canucks
— JossStick9441 (@JStick9441) April 29, 2018
— (@squampton) April 23, 2018
1) Canucks still have a great chance at a good player
2) Canucks will never win anything ever because we're not allowed to have nice things
3) At least Edmonton didn't get first
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) April 28, 2018
The Canadiens moved up one spot to No. 3, and won’t get that young stud blue-liner that they really don’t deserve. Lot’s of forward talent to choose from, though.
BREAKING: Bergevin thinks his lottery pick has character issues.
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) April 28, 2018
— John (@TheEagleDares) April 28, 2018
Zadina#Habs get one of those.
Then they have, like, 8 more picks in the top 100
— Alex Nyko (@AlexNyko) April 29, 2018
The #Habs had a higher chance of drafting 5-7 and actually managed to jump into the top 3. That's a win. Zadina is a great player.
— Emmanuel (@iTheDeadPixel) April 29, 2018
A good weekend in #Habs land. Ducharme and the 3rd pick? Let’s head into the summer with positive vibes, draft Zadina, sign Tavares, and win a god damn Stanley Cup! Let’s gooooo!
— Habarnac (@Habarnac) April 29, 2018
Remember when #Habs did the league a favor and took John Scott. Today we get repaid.
— sanj (@sanman_11) April 29, 2018
For many Senators fans, including their GM, some hope remains despite dropping out of the Top 3. For others, however, the fix was in.
Sens' Dorion: "After watching the jubilation of the three guys I don't think we're going to be able to move to one, two or three, but we feel very fortunate to be picking No. 4 … we feel that pick will be important to our franchise"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 29, 2018
— Andrew (@Raptor1165) April 29, 2018
No complaints here with #sens drafting 4th. Don’t forget Sens were able to draft Karlsson at 15th overall in 2008
— Boyler (@Boyler33) April 29, 2018
DRAFT IS FIXED BY BETTMAN AND SIDEKICK DALY not lottery or we would see the balls drop ? Not them just come on and tell us as Daly smiles when he announced @Senators #4 ? Between Bettman & Melnyk our team is destined to fail for years to come ? Sad day for #SENS fans♂️
— Charles Barber (@bubbabarber77) April 29, 2018
Melnyk probably already on the phone with the police to start an investigation lol #Sens
— vincent borsellino (@vintage831) April 29, 2018
— Kevtastic! (@roysrants) April 29, 2018
— Thomas Conrad (@ThomasDelbert84) April 29, 2018
Oh, and there was this — I respect the optimism, but damn.
We have a winner for the brand new Dahlin jersey from tonight’s Sens draft party draw. Congrats Mario Stepa pic.twitter.com/fH9S6bVuMk
— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) April 28, 2018
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