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Sabres will draft in top three; final lottery results to come

TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres are still alive in the NHL Draft Lottery.

The league unveiled the fourth through 15th picks Saturday night, and the Sabres didn't hear their name. They will draft in the top three June 22 in Dallas, but they don't yet know exactly where.

The first three selections, each done via lottery, will be unveiled at approximately 9:30 p.m. during the second intermission of the Vegas-San Jose playoff game on NBC.

Buffalo, which finished last this season, has an 18.5 percent chance of the No. 1 pick. The other teams in the running are Carolina (3 percent) and Montreal (9.5 percent).

The Sabres could have fallen to fourth if three teams below them won the lottery draws.

"Whether we were one through four, we were going to draft a really good player," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said from the Sportsnet studio. "But with some of our players such as Jack Eichel and bringing in Casey Mittelstadt from last year, we're excited to add another top player."

Carolina was scheduled to draft 11th, but the Hurricanes will vault into the top three. Montreal was slated to pick fourth, but the Canadiens will move up at least one spot.

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