NHL draft lottery: Who could be drafted first?

The draft lottery is set for Saturday at 9:30 p.m.


The winner of the lottery will be determined on Saturday.

Here are all the players expected to be taken in this year’s draft.


Boston Bruins (2) The Bruins have been working hard to find a long-term solution to a number of needs, but are struggling to fill holes.

The Bruins acquired defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Brian Campbell this past summer, but the Bruins haven’t been able to find consistent production.

The team is still trying to figure out how to deal with the salary cap.

They have been linked to many players, including Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr and Toronto’s David Clarkson.

The biggest name to get the Bruins going in free agency is Boston’s David Pastrnak.

The former second-round pick is coming off a season in which he played well for the Sabres.

He finished with 13 goals and 26 points in 55 games.

Pastrnaks deal with a cap hit of $4.5 million this season, but his cap hit is projected to rise to $6 million for next season.

He’s been linked with multiple teams.

The Buffalo Sabres are a team that could use an upgrade at the forward position.

The Sabres have one of the best young forwards in the league in Mikhail Grigorenko, who is under contract through the 2021-22 season.

Grigorunko has seven goals and 23 points in 65 games with Buffalo.


Chicago Blackhawks (1) The Blackhawks have a number that is difficult to predict.

They are trying to keep pace with the Boston Bruins in terms of how quickly they can get to the NHL playoffs.

The Blackhawks are expected to have one first-round selection in the first round, but it could come in the second round, or they could choose to select a player who they think can help them get there.

Chicago will have the opportunity to take another player in the top 10 overall, so it could be interesting to see how this draft plays out.


Edmonton Oilers (2).

The Oilers are looking to make some splash moves in free Agency, but there isn’t much to report about the team.

The Oilers need help at the center position, and they will need to find another way to add scoring to their top six forwards.

Edmonton has a chance to land a high pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.


Los Angeles Kings (1).

The Kings are expected a high selection in this years draft, and that could be a high-scoring winger.

A player who can score with speed or is willing to take the high risk of getting caught up in the play could be the ideal player to help them find a way to win.


Nashville Predators (1.5) Nashville is looking to add to its roster in the draft, but they’re going to have to do it by adding some pieces to make a move happen.

They’ve been linked as possible suitors for Minnesota Wild center Ryan Suter, but that’s all speculation right now.

The Predators could go after a player with speed, but their needs in the center spot are quite large.


Ottawa Senators (1.)

The Senators have a very solid forward core that is ready to compete for a Stanley Cup, and could use some help in the front end.

The Senators need to fill out their forward group, but could go in a different direction in this draft, depending on the needs of their team.


Winnipeg Jets (1 ) The Jets are trying hard to win a Stanley War Room battle this summer, and the hope is that they’ll be able to land some big pieces in the future.

The Jets have been connected with a number players, but will likely be looking to go a different way with this pick.


New York Rangers (1 to 3) The Rangers are looking for offensive help in free agent acquisition Travis Zajac, and a top-six forward to pair with Ryan McDonagh.

They could be looking for a player to pair up with Mark Streit, and would need to get him to be able play on a line with McDonag.


Arizona Coyotes (2.5 to 6) The Coyotes have been in the hunt for some offensive help and would like to add some more defensive depth.

The Coyotes could use a player like Ryan O’Reilly or Brendan Perlini, or another offensive defenseman.


Vancouver Canucks (2 to 5) The Canucks could use someone like Alex Edler, but Vancouver is also in the mix for a defenseman.


Colorado Avalanche (2.)

The Avalanche are looking at players like Jaromire Jagr, who could help them with some offensive scoring.

The Avalanche could be linked with former Ottawa Senators forward David Legwand.


Tampa Bay Lightning (2½ to 6½) The Lightning are still in the market for a few pieces, but this could be an opportunity for a young defenseman like Anthony Mantha.

The Lightning could look at a