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Sabres to pick late in first round of 2019 NHL Draft

The Sabres will now likely pick with one of the last two picks in the first round of this year's draft

May 07, 2019 - 5:44 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres will have two picks in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Buffalo's first pick sees the team selecting seventh overall after losing two spots in the draft order after the NHL Draft Lottery. The other pick for the Sabres will now see them picking in the late first round after the St. Louis Blues' double-overtime win over the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal round.

The Blues punched their ticket to the Western Conference Final on Tuesday with a 2-1 win on home ice over the Stars. If the Blues had lost the game, their pick would slot itself at either 19th or 18th overall, which meant that the pick would be Buffalo's in accordance with the Brandon Montour trade back in February with the Anaheim Ducks. The Montour trade saw Buffalo acquiring the 25-year-old defenseman for defenseman Brendan Guhle, as well as one of Buffalo's later first round picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Buffalo also holds the rights to the San Jose Sharks' first round pick this year, which also slots in the later part of the draft after the Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal round on Wednesday. That pick was acquired as part of the Evander Kane trade at the NHL Trade Deadline in 2018.

As part of the conditions of the Montour trade, the Ducks will have the choice of taking the Blues or Sharks pick in this year's draft based on the draft order. However, with the Blues and the Sharks set to face one another in the Western Conference Final, the Ducks will end up with the losing team's first round draft pick, while the Sabres will end up with either the 30th or 31st pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Sabres' first round pick from the Blues was acquired as part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade this past July.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Final gets underway on Saturday in San Jose with faceoff set for 8 p.m. EDT.

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