The Buffalo Sabres will get the 31st pick in the first round of the NHL entry draft next week after the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup.
The Sabres get the pick as part of last summer's Ryan O'Reilly trade and also have their own Round 1 selection, at No. 7 overall.
The Sabres also had acquired the San Jose Sharks' first-rounder last year in the Evander Kane trade and will send the Sharks' pick at No. 29 to the Anaheim Ducks to complete the pretrade deadline acquisition of Brandon Montour.
The Sabres could have as many as eight picks when the draft is held June 21-22 in Vancouver. However, the Sharks have the option to retain the fourth-round pick from the Kane trade. Doing so would cost San Jose a 2020 third-round selection.
Buffalo also will have its own third-round pick, three in the sixth round and one in the seventh.
- Round 1: No. 7 and 31
- Round 2: No pick
- Round 3: No. 67
- Round 4: No pick (pending Sharks' decision at No. 122)
- Round 5: No pick
- Round 6: No. 160, No 175 (from Winnipeg), No. 177 (from Toronto)
- Round 7: No. 191
Note: The Sabres' fourth-round pick that was part of the Conor Sheary trade with Pittsburgh could become a third-round pick. In that scenario, Pittsburgh would have No. 67 and the Sabres would retain No. 98.
Here is the current first-round order:
1. New Jersey Devils
2. New York Rangers
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators)
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Buffalo Sabres
8. Edmonton Oilers
9. Anaheim Ducks
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Florida Panthers
14. Arizona Coyotes
15. Montreal Canadiens
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. Vegas Golden Knights
18. Dallas Stars
19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets)
20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets)
21. Pittsburgh Penguins
22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
23. New York Islanders
24. Nashville Predators
25. Washington Capitals
26. Calgary Flames
27. Tampa Bay Lightning
28. Carolina Hurricanes
29. Anaheim Ducks (from Sabres via San Jose Sharks)
30. Boston Bruins
31. Buffalo Sabres (from St. Louis Blues)