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By Brandon J. Koch
Victory at last!!
The Buffalo Sabres won the 2018 NHL draft lottery and will be picking 1st overall in Dallas come late June.
Finally, the Sabres got lucky after not winning the two previous times they finished last.
This means Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will become a Buffalo Sabre. Winning this lottery is a breath of fresh air, exhaling relief as Dahlin is the best blue line prospect in decades.
Dahlin has the speed, vision, offensive and defensive prowess that any team would want. Many compare him to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson.
You have to feel very good about Jason Botterill and Phil Housley building this team around Eichel and Dahlin, I think you could put Mittelstadt in that conversation as well.
This is exactly what I was talking about a few months ago. The Sabres have a chance to be a very young team come October and that’s exciting.
Saturday was a franchise changing night, for one that desperately needed it.