Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in National Hockey League draft

  • Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in National Hockey League draft

Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in National Hockey League draft

The selections were announced in Las Vegas Wednesday night as part of the National Hockey League awards show. To cap off a hockey heavy night in June, the entry draft for the Las Vegas Golden Knights also took place.

Forward Connor Brickley and a fifth-round 2017 pick went from Carolina to the Golden Knights followed by veteran forward Chris Thorburn from the Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who starred for France in the World Cup of Hockey. He won nine games during Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup run, including making 29 saves in the Penguins' 2-0 Game 7 win over the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

The picks were announced in four separate segments, during which trades between the Golden Knights and other teams were announced as well. The roster has also been rounded out nicely with Cody Eakin, William Karlsson and Erik Haula, selected from the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Wild, respectively.

They ended up with 32-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury rather than 23-year-old Matt Murray, but both would have been the team's solution in net for the next year or two.

Vegas should have a year like Florida and make a push for the playoffs, but fall short expect around 30 to 35 wins for the Golden Knights.

Not by a long shot.

Koekkoek was slated to be on the team's third-pair with some upside to grow into a more prominent role, but Garrison gives the Golden Knights a veteran skater who can play 18 or more minutes a night, plus the chance to hit pay dirt on the second-round pick. "You couldn't have a better guy". To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire is very exciting. Seven teams opted for the latter approach; one of them, the New York Islanders, were the only team to protect five defensemen.

"I'll give it everything I've got to win some games", Fleury said.

"At that point in our team's season we were certainly not where we wanted to be and the team was being dismantled a little bit and looking towards the future, so that wasn't easy for him at all. It'll be tough, but I know what's coming... and I'm glad people will remember me as a good person, not just a goalie, and I think that's important for me, too", Fleury said. "It feels unbelievable to go to Vegas".

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"Obviously, we've got great fans already, having sold out the season tickets and the reception we had tonight here, " Fleury said after he walked out on stage in a Golden Knights jersey.

"A couple of days ago, they threw the interest out there but I didn't think much of it", said Engelland, calling from backstage at the T-Mobile Arena and the scene of the NHL Expansion Draft. They need a forward big-time, partly to show pending 2018 free agent John Tavares they're serious about contending.

Neal's problem in Nashville came from the talent around him. For more recent success, look for Jonathan Marchessault to build on the career-best 30 goals he scored in Florida last season. As of Wednesday night, Vegas had 12 picks in this year's draft, including three in the first round. Fleury, the only netminder of the bunch with credentials as a starter, is the clear-cut No. 1 and rightfully so, while Berube, formerly a New York Islander, and Pickard, taken from Colorado Avalanche, offer some big league experience as second-stringers.

Trades, we have come to learn, are hard to pull off in a league choked by the salary cap.