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Blackhawks Win Lottery, Sabres Select 13th; Nadeau Assigned To Rochester



The Buffalo Sabres long-shot odds of moving up in the NHL Draft Lottery did not come to fruition, as the club will be selecting 13th overall at the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee next month. The Chicago Blackhawks, who had an 11.5 percent chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery, will be selecting first overall and likely choosing Regina Pats center Connor Bedard with the top pick.

The 17-year-old had 143 points (71 goals, 72 assists) in 57 WHL games and 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in seven playoff games. Bedard also had 23 points in the 2023 IIHF World Junior, leading Canada to their second straight tournament victory. 2023 Hobey Baker Award winner Adam Fantilli (who scored 30 goals as a freshman for the Michigan Wolverines0, 18-year-old Swedish center Leo Carlsson, and Russian winger Matvei Michkov are expected to be selected at the top of the first round.


2023 NHL Draft Order

1. Chicago Blackhawks (moved up to 1st overall from 3rd)

2. Anaheim Ducks

3. Columbus Blue Jackets

4. San Jose Sharks

5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Arizona Coyotes

7. Philadelphia Flyers

8. Washington Capitals

9. Detroit Red Wings

10. St. Louis Blues

11. Vancouver Canucks

12. Ottawa Senators (transferred to Arizona as part of the Jakob Chychrun deal)

13. Buffalo Sabres

14. Pittsburgh Penguins

15. Nashville Predators

16. Calgary Flames


Prospect Nadeau Headed To Amerks

The Sabres have assigned winger Olivier Nadeau to the AHL Rochester Americans. The 6’2” 204 lb. forward was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 Draft (97th overall) and had 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 34 games with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL this season.


Nadeau’s junior season ended with Gatineau being eliminated in the QMJHL Semi-Final last week. The 20-year-old signed his entry-level contract with the Sabres last May, but return to junior because he was not old enough to play in the AHL this season. Nadeau is not expected to suit up for Rochester in their North Division Final matchup against Toronto later this week.