No Dahlin: Red Wings will pick 6th in NHL Draft

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Red Wings weren’t very lucky in Saturday night’s NHL Draft lottery.

Rasmus Dahlin

The Red Wings will pick sixth at the June 22-23 draft in Dallas.

Heading into the lottery the Red Wings — who finished fifth from the bottom in the NHL overall standings — had an 8.5 percent chance of winning the lottery and earning the No. 1 overall pick.

They also had a 26.1 percent chance to land in the top three — but neither worked out.

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Buffalo, which had the best odds (18.5 percent) of gaining the top pick, did indeed win the top pick, and the Sabres are expected to use it on Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. Carolina will draft second and Montreal third.

Carolina came into Saturday’s lottery with a 3-percent chance of winning the lottery, but had luck on its side, vaulting from the 11th spot.

Despite picking sixth the Red Wings should be able to grab a player capable of quickly helping the roster in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.

After Dahlin, players such as forwards Filip Zadina, Andrei Svechnikov and Brady Tkachuk, and defensemen Adam Boqvist, Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes (Michigan) are among the top prospects.