Not getting into the draft lottery for the right to choose first, second or third overall in the draft also puts the Wings out of reach of forward Andrei Svechnikov, brother of Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, as well as forward Filip Zadina.
A big blow to the Senators rebuilding plans as the 2nd lowest regular season team dropped out of the top three picks, eliminating their chances at drafting Erik Karlsson's possible replacement in Rasmus Dahlin.
It says something about the pain inflicted on the Vancouver Canucks by the draft lottery the last couple of years that on Saturday, when they dropped "only" one spot in June's selection order, it felt like a kind of victory. "You felt in the building, a lot of quietness coming into the games, but whenever we did something they wanted to cheer, they wanted to be supportive".
Forward Brady Tkachuk probably also will be gone by the sixth pick. "At 3, you're anxious about who is going at 2, but at 2, you certainly know who is probably going at 1, so you can really plan for who you really want to take if you keep the pick".
"I certainly think it's going to change our plans". They took Jeff Catrer (11th overall) and Mike Richards (24th) in 2003; Ivan Provorov (seventh) and Travis Konecny (24th) in 2015; and Nolan Patrick (second) and Frost a year ago.
The Carolina Hurricanes will select second overall. Carolina finished with the 11th worst record, leaving the possibility that a team outside the bottom 10 will pick among the top three for a second straight season. They had a 20.4 percent chance of selecting in the top three.
Winning the lottery was a long shot. Sabres GM Jason Botterill is in desperate need of a puck moving defenseman like Dahlin to distribute the puck to Eichel, Reinhart, Ryan O'Reilly, Casey Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo, and the Buffalo forwards.
"Yes, most likely it looks like we will be keeping the pick", he said.