It will take a couple of weeks for the Sabres to learn exactly where their second first-round pick will land, but they know which one they are handing over to Winnipeg.
Buffalo, which will pick second overall in June, also owned the first-round selections of the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues before trading one to Winnipeg. The clause in the Evander Kane-Tyler Myers deal says whichever pick comes latest in the first round goes to the Jets. With St. Louis and New York being eliminated in the first round, the Jets will get the pick originally belonging to division-winning St. Louis.
The Sabres will keep the selection formerly owned by the Islanders, and it will be between Nos. 18 and 21. It is No. 21 now but can change depending on the fates of Calgary, Detroit and Minnesota.
Entering the playoffs, Calgary was set to pick 15th, with Detroit going 19th and Minnesota 20th. However, if Calgary, Detroit and/or Minnesota advances past the second round, they will slide behind the Islanders in the draft order.
Here is the selection protocol:
*The first 14 picks go to nonplayoff teams in reverse order of the standings.
*Teams eliminated in the first two rounds who DID NOT win their regular-season division title follow the first 14 picks in reverse order of regular-season points.
*Division winners eliminated in the first two rounds pick next, in reverse order of regular-season points.
*Conference finals losers pick next, in reverse order of regular-season points regardless of whether one finished first in a division during the regular season.
*Stanley Cup final loser.
*Stanley Cup winner.