No lottery draft pick for Blues

  • No lottery draft pick for Blues

No lottery draft pick for Blues

For the third consecutive year the Vancouver Canucks dropped in the draft lottery falling from six to seven. The Montreal Canadiens moved up one spot in the order and will select third.

Other former third overall picks to skate in bleu-blanc-rouge include Robert Picard (D, 1977, WSH, three seasons in Montreal, 899 career games, 104 goals, 319 assists), Denis Savard (C, 1980, CHI, four seasons in Montreal, 1,196 GP, 473G, 865A), Scott Thornton (LW, 1989, TOR, four seasons in Montreal, 941 GP, 144G, 141A), and Radek Bonk (C, 1994, OTT, two seasons in Montreal, 969 GP, 194G, 303A).

After not picking first overall in 2014 or 2015 after having the best odds, Buffalo avoids disaster and wins the draft lottery, effectively securing future franchise player Rasmus Dahlin. Edmonton also moved down one spot from No. 9 to No. 10. The Blues had the option to retain this year's first-round pick but only if it landed among the top 10 spots.

"We talked about change, and everyone assumes that's like bringing in new players or bringing in new coaches, but it's also changing things, how you go about your training", said Botterill, who took over in May after GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired. The 18-year-old has already drawn comparisons to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom. He's played professionally in Sweden for the past two seasons.

"I'm trying to be a two-way (defenseman) with a more offensive game", Dahlin said.

"He's just got elite, elite hockey sense and vision".

The 15 National Hockey League teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup postseason participated in the lottery, which was held in Toronto. The top three selections were announced during the second intermission of the game. Detroit Red Wings, 7. The Chicago Blackhawks fell to No. 8 after entering with the seventh best odds.

But as a result of not winning a lottery pick, the Blues' No. 14 overall pick went to Philadelphia as the final piece of last June's trade for Brayden Schenn.

The New York Islanders have back-to-back picks at Nos.

The NHL draft begins June 22 in Dallas.