The lottery ball for the first overall pick in this year's draft bounced to the Buffalo Sabres, who finished dead last during the season among the league's 31 teams. Carolina, which had only 3 percent odds of the No. 1 pick and 30 combinations, moved from No. 11 to No. 2 when 1-2-5-14 was drawn. "You felt in the building, a lot of quietness coming into the games, but whenever we did something they wanted to cheer, they wanted to be supportive". The only thing we all knew was that Montreal Canadiens were going to have the chance to add one of Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, and Filip Zadina. Before their winning streak, the Canucks had a chance at finishing last overall to get an 18.5% chance at the first overall pick. Join the A Winning Habit team!
The addition of a game-changing defenseman in Rasmus Dahlin could alter the trajectory of this franchise, as well as give coach and Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley an enormously talented blueliner whom he can groom.
The draft will be held June 22-23 in Dallas.
Ranger fans can immediately breathe a sigh of relief that Dahlin will not be playing for a Metropolitan Division team (if the Sabres do what every hockey insider thinks they should do).
Dahlin is a lock to be taken first overall. There is an agreement in place for Peter Karmanos Jr.to sell a majority stake of the team to Tom Dundon.
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Carolina is searching for a general manager after Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position last season.
Scouting bureau director Dan Marr regards Dahlin as "the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect".
Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres remained in the running for the first overall pick, which has yet to be announced. Islanders (from Calgary Flames), 13.
Moreover, this is a great opportunity for the Canes to get that final push they need to break a nine year long playoff drought (longest active streak in the NHL).
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