Devils on the clock with top pick in NHL draft


The franchises final selection in the first round was 17-year-old Swedish defenseman Erik Brannstrom, who plans to learn the National Hockey League game from a wide variety of veterans on the Golden Knights roster.

In the end, McPhee went all-in for a model that builds toward the future. "They believe in me, so I'm just going to prove them right".

"I don't think I was a real high prospect to start the year", Glass said, per Wyman. "It's not something you get to see that often, it was fun to watch". A player who could thrive with extended playing time and wants more money that Vegas would be willing to give him could go to the new team.

Glass is obviously hoping to change that.

LAS VEGAS Marc-Andre Fleury took the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a brand-new Vegas Golden Knights jersey, and his new fans welcomed him to town with raucous cheers. The team also selected Owen Sound centre Nick Suzuki and Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom with the 13th and 15th picks, respectively. "Sorry, words can't describe how I feel right now", he said. "It feels unbelievable to go to Vegas".

Vegas, which selected 30 players in its expansion draft Wednesday night, has three picks in each of the first two rounds.

The Knights had three picks in the second round and set the tone by drafting 6-foot-6-inch defenseman Nicolas Hague with their first pick at No. 34.

All three have a chance to become the future faces of the franchise.

Now situated on the expansion Las Vegas team, Marchessault isn't only a top-six player, he might be the best on the entire roster.

"I think it's been exciting for our franchise, exciting time for our scouts", said Shero, who was hired as New Jersey's general manager in May 2015. "But I also know what I can do on the ice".

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Glass is just 18 years old and, like his expansion team, will likely need some time to blossom into a force at the National Hockey League level.

“What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation, ” Foley said.

First-round picks always come with larger-than-life expectations. Vegas added a 6-2, 227-pound player with muscle and scoring ability. When he was 10, his youth team played in a tournament in Sin City.

On Thursday, the Vegas Golden Knights stayed active when the flipped another selection to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in 2019. I think there's been a calmness about the way we have gone through everything, because we were ready for everything. "So we're in a pretty good place". Not that Glass, whom NHL Central Scouting had ranked sixth amongst North American skaters, was seen as much of a gamble.

"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.

A late-rising player who a year ago many thought would be a second- or third-round pick at best, Glass shot up the rankings after scoring 32 goals and 94 points in 69 games in the Western Hockey League this season.

Glass was cut from Canada's Ivan Hlinka roster last August, and long after his grandmother passed away.

"I think that's what made me have such a great start to the season", said Glass. It's going to be a challenge. And they are not all desirable ones. Now David Schlemko isn't going to put up the offensive numbers Beaulieu did, but he's still going to be a solid player.

"It was tough watching guys I played with and against have their name called", he said.

The St. Louis Blues sent forward Jori Lehtera and two draft picks to Philadelphia for Brayden Schenn, and also traded physical forward Ryan Reaves to the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.