Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

by Steven Clarke June 27, 2017, 7:24
Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

"If I can share a little bit about my experience, my playoff experience, hopefully I can help out my teammates". "That was insane. I'm obviously excited to get this started". Even expansion-draft rules that are generous to the team doing the selecting make it hard to assemble a roster with many impact players. The Nords were owned at the time by Carling O'Keefe - the beer company - and my first day as a Nord in training camp actually ended with being forced to share an O'Keefe's beer as a peacemaking gesture with Wally Weir in general manager Maurice Filion's office after Weier and I had a vicious fight and he kneed my in the face (I'll tell that story in my upcoming autobiography; there was a lot of back-story and intrigue to it).

"We'll get our numbers out there for guys to reach out if they need anything, if it's a place to crash, to see outside the Strip and come look for places (to live) or whatnot", Engelland said.

The player whom the Blues drafted No. 26 overall in 2007 and who was in his second stint with the club after coming back last summer on a two-year, $7.25 million contract, was being notified that he would not be protected in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

Two days ago at the expansion draft, Vegas selected the players that will be on the ice for its inaugural season. Fleury, 32, has an all-time, regular-season record of 375-216-68 and has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Obviously, we've got great fans already, having sold out the season tickets and the reception we had tonight here", Fleury said.

Because of the $500 million entry fee forked over by owner Bill Foley, the Golden Knights got a good return on investment.

Vegas also picked up Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison, who had nine power-play goals last season, along with forward Nikita Gusev, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick for expansion-draft considerations. "For it to finally happen, it's fantastic".

"I'm looking forward to being part of this team and it's great to be part of a big (draft class) like this", Suzuki said. And it's pretty clear the Golden Knights have pegged you as their poster boy.

Vegas got defensive for the third round of announcements, selecting five defensemen among the group of eight announced players.

The milestones will keep coming for the Golden Knights throughout the summer while they build toward the first game in franchise history in Dallas on October 6, followed by their home debut October 10 against the Coyotes.

The entry draft this weekend will presumably make it even clearer what Vegas is trying to do, but for now, you get the sense that at the very least, McPhee has a plan to build a victor in the desert. The Golden Knights were able to negotiate with the other teams, agreeing to avoid certain unprotected players in exchange for draft picks or prospects. For more recent success, look for Jonathan Marchessault to build on the career-best 30 goals he scored in Florida last season. Neal was ready once again to take off, and he showed his offensive game in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"I think we have a real chance to grow together as a franchise". Only one goalie was taken Friday in the first round, Jake Oettenger of Boston University, who went to Dallas with the 26th pick. They needed to keep their defense in tact, so someone was going to be left out, and James Neal was that guy.

Perron will be reunited with former Pittsburgh teammate Marc-Andre Fleury, a goalie who was also selected by the Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Of course, anyone familiar with the concept of an expansion draft understands that the second of those objectives is more important - and more realistic - than the first.

I've been fortunate to play there for 14 years, but I'm very thankful for this opportunity to be in Vegas with a new team and a new organization.

Models unveil the Vegas Golden Knights' new hockey jersey Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Las Vegas.

As for the impact of the expansion draft to the league, it is expected to give a major blow to the other teams.


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