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

The Golden Knights have an NHL-ready arena, an experienced front office, an eager coaching staff, an eye-catching logo and positive momentum in their new community.

"We had him in the top five", said McPhee. "Three days ago we had a whiteboard with no names on it and now it looks like we have a hockey team and we like how it looks".

Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance. Fleury waived his no-movement clause so the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have to force another trade, and the 32-year-old can go back to being a clear No. 1 goalie.

The Calgary Flames parted with Deryk Engelland who played his WHL career with the Moose Jaw Warriors. They don't try almost as many daring plays as most teams, boasting high pass success rates and low turnover rates, and they win a ton of puck battles.

The players who have already arrived in Vegas realize that although theyre starting over, they arent starting from scratch.


LAS VEGAS Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has repeatedly said he wants to win the Stanley Cup within the first six years of his new teams existence.

"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. "I believe fans are really going to like the team, and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have". At the very least, it won't be like watching the Ottawa Senators go 10-70-4 in their expansion year.

After Foley paid $500 million to the league as an expansion fee, the Golden Knights were given favourable franchise-building terms explicitly created to give them a better chance to be competitive more quickly than the new teams of the previous 25 years.

Long term it might be best for the Golden Knights to struggle out of the gate anyway, so it's not like they even deserve much criticism, but the people who figured this team would be competitive right away seem to have gotten pretty far ahead of themselves. One player in particular is hoping to add to his already impressive trophy haul. “Going through it today, its been a harder draft that most so its taking some time. three picks, its a lot to manage and you really have to focus. The blueline pairings, now led by Methot and Emelin, are a little better, but this is still a bunch of fourth defensemen, and they're going to get torn up by the league's better forwards. "They're going to be pleasantly surprised".

Nicolas Hague, who was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, takes questions from reporters at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The team also selected Owen Sound centre Nick Suzuki and Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom with the 13th and 15th picks, respectively.


Marchessault seemingly came out of nowhere last season to lead the Panthers scoring attack. Perron had 18 goals in a depth role with the St. Louis Blues.

"I think it'll be great", Engelland said.

"It's a different situation for everybody in here to come into a team where there is no team", said defenceman Jason Garrison, claimed from Tampa Bay. "It should be fun". He was one of the only unrestricted free agents the Golden Knights signed during their exclusive negotiating window leading up to the expansion draft.

For that to happen, the team needs players that can grow with the team. It's a reasonable assumption that the four players who showed up wearing Golden Knights sweaters at the Awards, however, are safe.

Few teams generate more excitement and optimism than the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers right now, and they've built their ascending franchises on No. 1 overall picks. With more than 35 players on the roster, he could end up making another 10 more before the week is over.



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