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Find out who picks who in today’s first round

2018 NHL Draft - Top Prospects Media Availability
NHL Draft top prospects Evan Bouchard, Rasmus Dahlin, Adam Boqvist, Noah Dobson, Quintin Hughes, Filip Zadina, Brady Tkachuk and Andrei Svechnikov.
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Here we go - the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is finally here and it’s a pretty momentous one for the Buffalo Sabres, with it being the second for new General Manager Jason Botterill and Head Coach Phil Housley.

The Draft is being hosted by the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, with the first round being held today, and rounds two-seven tomorrow. Keep it here as we’ll be live-updating this post once the Draft gets started.

Click here to see the last Mock Draft we did, here is the SBN Mock Draft and T McGee’s Final Mock Draft as well.

How to Watch

Round One

Date: Friday June 22

Start time: 7:30 PM EST

TV: NBCSN (USA), Sportsnet & TVAS (Canada)

Online stream: NBCSports Live (coverage starts at 7:00pm)

Sabres Picks

The Sabres have seven picks in this year’s draft: R1 1st overall, R2 32nd overall, R4 94th overall, R4 117th overall, R5 125th overall, R6 156th overall & R7 187th overall.

Draft Order

1. Buffalo Sabres: RASMUS DAHLIN (D) FROLUNDA HC
2. Carolina Hurricanes: ANDREI SVECHNIKOV (RW) BARRIE COLTS
3. Montreal Canadiens: JESPERI KOTKANIEMI (C) ASSAT PORI
4. Ottawa Senators: BRADY TKACHUK (LW) BOSTON UNIVERSITY
5. Arizona Coyotes: BARRETT HAYTON (C) SAULT STE. MARIE GREYHOUNDS
6. Detroit Red Wings: FILIP ZADINA (RW) HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS
7. Vancouver Canucks: QUINN HUGHES (D) MICHIGAN
8. Chicago Blackhawks: ADAM BOQVIST (D) BYRNAS JR.
9. New York Rangers: VITALY KRAVTSOV (RW) CHELYABINSK TRAKTOR
10. Edmonton Oilers: EVAN BOUCHARD (D) LONDON KNIGHTS
11. New York Islanders: OLIVER WAHLSTROM (RW) US U-18
12. New York Islanders: NOAH DOBSON (D) ACADIE-BATHURST
13. Dallas Stars: TY DELLANDREA (C) FLINT THUNDERBIRDS
14. Philadelphia Flyers: JOEL FARABEE (LW) USA U-18
15. Florida Panthers: GRIGORI DENISENKO (LW) YAROSLAVL 2
16. Colorado Avalanche: MARTIN KAUT (RW) PARDUBICE
17. New Jersey Devils: TY SMITH (D) SPOKANE
18. Columbus Blue Jackets: LIAM FOUDY (C) LONDON
19. Philadelphia Flyers: JAY O’BRIEN (C) THAYER ACADEMY
20. Los Angeles Kings: RASMUS KUPARI (C) KARPAT
21. San Jose Sharks: RYAN MERKLEY (D) GUELPH
22. New York Rangers: K’ANDRE MILLER (D) US U-18
23. Anaheim Ducks: ISAC LUNDESTROM (LW) LULEA
24. Minnesota Wild: FILIP JOHANSSON (D) LEKSAND JR
25. St. Louis Blues: DOMINIK BOKK (RW) VAXJO JR.
26. Ottawa Senators: JACOB BERNARD-DOCKER (D) OKOTOKS
27. Chicago Blackhawks: NICOLAS BEAUDIN (D) DRUMMONDVILLE
28. New York Rangers: NILS LUNDKVIST (D) LULEA
29. Toronto Maple Leafs: RASMUS SANDIN (D) SAULT STE. MARIE
30. Detroit Red Wings: JOSEPH VELENO (C) DRUMMONDVILLE
31. Washington Capitals: ALEXANDER ALEXEYEV (D) RED DEER


10:55 pm - The first round has concluded. Big name prospects remain with the Buffalo Sabres owning the 32nd pick, the first to be made on Saturday. Thanks for joining us through the first round!


10:49pm - The dam is waiting to break.


10:47pm


10:46pm


10:32pm


10:31pm - A lighthearted video to give you a laugh.


10:18pm


10:14pm


10:14pm

10:13pm


10:02pm - This is a quality tweet.


9:56pm - Trade details for the hungry.


9:53pm - TRADES!

It is not a Sabres trade but a trade is a trade. That is what they taught me in sports school.


9:52pm - In case you missed it.


9:42pm


9:15pm


9:14pm

9:05pm


8:59pm


8:53pm - Rumors!


8:38pm


8:36pm


8:26pm

Things have calmed down for the Buffalo Sabres. Trade talk appears to be non-existent. We’ll see what happens from here.


8:20pm


8:16pm - Dahlin meets with the media.


8:14pm - Phil!


8:11pm - More congratulations rolling in.


8:07pm - Family is everything.


8:06pm - More stories are rolling in.


8:02pm - We are ready for Dahlin.


8:00pm - NHL19 with the first look at Dahlin.


7:59pm - From one first rounder to another.


7:53pm - First looks at Dahlin in blue and gold.


7:51pm


7:50pm - Let the future begin.


7:48pm - Again, hello!


7:47pm - Buffalo is well represented tonight.


7:46pm - :)


7:40pm - A great tribute to Humboldt .


7:38pm - We takin’ over, one city at a time.


7:37pm - It’s time!


7:36pm - We’ve got timely references.


7:34pm - The official quote from the NBCSN broadcast.


7:32pm - No MTL/BUF deal for 3rd overall pick. Move along.


7:30pm - NBCSN has a clock that has the draft starting around 7:38pm.


7:21pm - Dahlin already fitting in just fine.


7:19pm - Roll call is complete. Let’s draft.


7:13pm - Nothing but gamesmanship at this point.


7:09pm - Tie that tie!


7:00pm - Deals!

  • No movement for Buffalo yet but maybe this Colorado / Washington trade will unthaw things: COL gets Brooks Orpik, Philipp Grubauer, WAS gets 2018 2nd-Round pick.

6:45pm - Some pre-Draft interview coverage.

Potential first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin met with Sabres.com’s Brian Duff earlier.

6:30pm - Life comes at you fast.


6:20pm - Radio silence.

We are starting to see a little more activity on the draft floor but no news as of yet. Stay tuned.


5:50pm - Dahlin looks ready.


5:30pm - Update

Plenty of trade rumors and chatter, but nothing so far. Ryan O’Reilly is a prominent name that comes up, as do Max Pacioretty and Jeff Skinner. Per TSN -

The Buffalo Sabres are willing to trade centre Ryan O’Reilly, but their ideal return appears to be a second top-five pick in tonight’s draft... the Sabres are happy to keep the 27-year-old if their ask isn’t met.

There was also rumors coming out of Chi-town that the Sabres were interested in Corey Crawford, but it’s been quiet on that front too.