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Sabres earn 7th pick in NHL draft lottery

The New Jersey Devils will have the No. 1 pick at this year’s NHL draft.

The team was announced Tuesday night as the winner of the draft lottery.

The Colorado Avalanche had the best odds of landing the first pick at 18.5 percent, but they drew the No. 4 selection. The New York Rangers will pick second and the Chicago Blackhawks will select third at the June draft. The Buffalo Sabres will pick 7th in the draft.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs – or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs – participated in the lottery.

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