Seth Jones draft capsule (NHL.com)
By Mike Harrington
The Sabres are off today, have their final practice Thursday and play their final game of the season Friday night against the New York Islanders. Plenty of decisions to make, notably on Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller, before the draft is held June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
(Miller said last night in Pittsburgh he wants to play here Friday night so he gets in his 500th game as a Sabre. Deserves the milestone, fan reaction aside).
Anyway, once the teams get to The Rock on draft day, they'll have an interesting cadre of talent to choose from. NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the draft today and Portland defenseman Seth Jones, the American-born son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, is the No. 1 North American skater on the board. Nos. 2-3 are Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
The lottery to determine the No. 1 pick in the draft will be held Monday featuring all 14 non-playoff teams. It will be at 8 p.m. and televised by NBC Sports Network.
Many fans of teams at the bottom of the standings have had a Twitter hashtag all season of #suckforSeth and he's going to be quite a prize on the blueline for whichever team lands him.
The Sabres, of course, are on the outside of these prospects right now. If the season ended today, they would pick at No. 9 unless they're fortunate enough to win the draft lottery or trade into a higher spot. They also, of course, own Minnesota's No. 1 pick in the Jason Pominville trade, a selection that would be finalized after the playoffs based on the Wild's finish now that it looks pretty certain Minnesota will qualify.
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