NHL Draft 2018: Bergevin says he'd consider trading Montreal's No. 3 pick

NHL Draft 2018: Bergevin says he'd consider trading Montreal's No. 3 pick

The struggling Buffalo Sabres franchise was awarded the first pick in the National Hockey League's June entry draft after winning the draft lottery Saturday.

They ended the night with the first overall pick.

The last time the Habs selected inside the Top 3 was back in 2012, when general manager Marc Bergevin made Alex Galchenyuk his first-ever pick after being named Habs GM that May, plucking the American sniper from the crowd at No. 3 overall.

The Montreal Canadiens will select third in the draft, a final lottery order that was announced during the second intermission of Saturday's Game 2 between San Jose and Vegas. Ottawa and Arizona each slipped two spots, to fourth and fifth respectively.

This year's draft will be held at Dallas on June 22-23.

The big prize in this draft is expected to be Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. "From what our guys are saying, it's a good draft, but again at three we get a player that's probably going to play sooner than later".

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The Hurricanes are in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon. Islanders (from Calgary Flames), 13.

Dahlin, who plays in the Swedish Elite League, was named best defenseman at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

All 15 teams who missed the playoffs this season had a shot at getting the No. 1 pick at the NHL Draft Lottery. And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

The Canadiens will select third for the second time since drafting Alex Galchenyuk at that position in 2012.

The lottery settled one more selection with Philadelphia landing the 14th pick to complete a trade in which the Flyers sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis in June.