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2018 NHL draft grades: Did the Sabres earn an A?

Chris Peters grades and analyzes the draft picks for all 31 NHL teams.

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Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft weekend

While 217 prospects found new homes, the weekend also had trades, free-agent decisions and lots of chatter. Here's who came out ahead -- and behind.

2018 NHL draft: Every pick for all 31 teams

Find details on every pick of the 2018 NHL draft here.

Kings

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Ilya Kovalchuk picks the Kings: Now what?

The 35-year-old free agent is headed to Los Angeles. What does that mean for other free agents, trade targets and the Kovy runners-up?

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Avs set up platoon in net, Caps may reunite with Orpik

Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski break down the trade between the Avalanche and Capitals that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado.

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Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski talk about day one of the NHL Draft, including the Brooks Orpik trade and a look ahead to day two.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

Capitals

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This is Elliott. He's a Capitals fan at the #NHLDraft. And he's waited a long time to drink from this mug.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

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Stars

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Like everyone else here in Dallas, legendary Stars center Mike Modano heard the jeers for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. They started early and continued throughout the first round of the NHL Draft on Saturday night, usually at Bettman's encouragement. They stopped when Modano and Stars captain Jamie Benn surprised Dallas fans with an appearance on stage when the team made their pick. "He couldn't wait for us to get out there. He was struggling. I told him I'd go out there and tell everybody to back off on Gary a little bit. ‘Well, they might start booing you,' he said. That be shortlived," said Modano with a laugh. "Poor Gary. He get it everywhere. They booed him when he came out when Jersey [won the Cup] in Reunion Arena, so he's no stranger to that."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

Stars

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Jim Montgomery is Jamie Benn's fifth head coach in the NHL with the Dallas Stars. "So this isn't new for me," he said after appearing on stage with the team at the NHL Draft. "You never want to do that in nine years. But it's a business. Hopefully [Montgomery] is the last coach I have here."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

Coyotes

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It's not every day you hear someone declare their devotion to the Arizona Coyotes. But center Barrett Hayton, a surprise at No. 5, said it was his primary desire for an NHL home. "I like everything about the direction they're going in. I can't lie: It's the organization I wanted to go to the most," he said. "From the combine, the interviews, watching their team. I'm a big hockey fan myself, so keeping up with the core group they have. It's just a special group."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

Senators

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Brady Tkachuk said the Ottawa Senators, who drafted him No. 4 overall, have "great management." He said he hasn't discussed returning to Boston University with the Senators management yet, but will do so with the team and his family. He'll be a sophomore at BU if he returns, but said "I feel like I can be ready" for the NHL is necessary.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

Sabres

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Dahlin happy to call Buffalo home

Rasmus Dahlin is excited to finally put the Sabres sweater on and expresses his emotions when he heard his name called first in the NHL draft.

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Hurricanes

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Andrei Svechnikov has earned comparisons to every Russian player that's come through the NHL. So which player does the No. 2 overall pick of the Carolina Hurricanes think his game resembles? "Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marian Hossa," he said, indicating he found inspiration in Hossa's all-around game beyond goal scoring.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2d ago

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