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

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It had been a long 12 months for the Vegas Golden Knights general manager, who had spent the past year running countless mock expansion drafts in preparation for this moment.

Yes, the Golden Knights seemed to get this right.

"We expect the draft will produce a lot of good National Hockey League players, and we want to get as many of those as possible", assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "If the three of us can do something special there, it's going to be awesome".

Glass, another 18-year-old forward, had 32 goals and 62 assists in 69 games last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

Forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia), Connor Brickley (Carolina), William Carrier (Buffalo), Cody Eakin (Dallas), Erik Haula (Minnesota), William Karlsson (Columbus), Brendan Leipsic (Toronto), Oscar Lindberg (NY Rangers), Jonathan Marchessault (Florida), James Neal (Nashville), Tomas Nosek (Detroit), David Perron (St. Louis), Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona), Chris Thorburn (Winnipeg).

Vegas Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The team has been very active in trading players for draft picks and vice versa.

However, a lack of popular names does not mean a lack of potential franchise players.

The Golden Knights added a pair of physical defensemen in Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators and Alexei Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens along with Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller, who has registered a slap shot measured at 105 miles per hour. As a result, these are not "a bunch of misfits nobody wanted", as then-winger Jody Shelley once described the 1992-93 Senators. One player in particular is hoping to add to his already impressive trophy haul. The Golden Knights have a nice little core to build around with Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, and Shea Theodore, but all three have played relatively sheltered minutes and are likely to be asked to do a whole lot more.

"I believe we put together a great team from the net out", Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said after participating in his first Board of Governors meeting. So I think I can offer some personal perspective here, even if it's from back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth or at least from when the disco craze was fading and there were still non-exploded Ford Pintos driving the roads. "So, we're really happy with that". Of course, they weren't going anywhere. But the team won't be all defence. He traded a two and a three for Palmieri, a bottom-six forward in Anaheim who responded with 53 goals in the next two seasons.

Marc-Andre Fleury: The past two seasons have added two Stanley Cup championships with Pittsburgh to Fleury's résumé, but the goaltender has also been pushed aside during that time in favor of 23-year-old Matt Murray.

Shortly after, it was announced Engelland had signed a one-year, $1-million deal for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

"Right away our goal has to be to get good, to improve and to go out there". "It should be fun".

McPhee opted not to pick the top unprotected player on many rosters and instead, landed his club extra draft picks, prospects and players. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on October 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era.

For that to happen, the team needs players that can grow with the team.

The players who have already arrived in Vegas realize that although they're starting over, they aren't starting from scratch.

New Jersey Devils get the first overall pick and as per NHL's Kimelman and Morreale, Brandon center Nolan Patrick (QMJHL) (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) will be the first pick. McPhee could package a few of his surplus of picks to move up for Patrick if he feels the Canadian is worth it. And it's pretty exciting.

Nashville Predators forward James Neal, who has scored at least 20 goals in all nine of his National Hockey League seasons, including 40 in 2011-12, highlighted the next eight selections, which also included 35-year-old Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland, a Las Vegas resident and former member of the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

"Every day wherever you go you see Knights hats and shirts out there", he said.

They turn the puck over slightly less than the average team, but for the most part, that's because they don't do much with it, making safe passes that don't transition the puck up the ice efficiently or create offence. "I think just wanting to prove people wrong was a big thing".

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