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

Models unveil the Vegas Golden Knights' new hockey jersey Tuesday

Poile is the only GM in Predators history, patiently building the Sun Belt franchise into a powerhouse with a solid foundation in the community.

By the time the National Hockey League entry draft concludes Saturday afternoon in Chicago, numerous players and draft picks selected by the Knights on Wednesday will be sent packing to other teams as general manager George McPhee begins transforming an abundance of unprotected, unsigned and unproven players into a competitive, 23-man roster by the time the Knights open the season on October 6 in Dallas.

Nobody got more attention than the 32-year-old Fleury, who lost his starting job during last seasons playoff run with the back-to-back champion Penguins. The Golden Knights had to find someone with character, someone who could handle the outside distractions of playing in Sin City, someone who could grow with the team, relate to the fans and be the face of the franchise.

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. "Obviously I'm really excited to get this started". He sustained a sport hernia last summer that hampered him during his season with Brandon of the Western Hockey League, but he finished with 20 goals and 46 points in 33 games.

For all the excitement surrounding the expansion draft and the importance of being competitive in the inaugural 2017-18 season, the NHL Draft will be critical to the Golden Knights' chances of competing for the Stanley Cup someday.

No team has arguably studied the prospects in that group more than the Golden Knights staff. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again.

Cody Glass was a kid when his family took a trip to Las Vegas.

But McPhee's draft selections of Marchessault (30 goals in 2016-17), Neal (23) and David Perron (18), plus an accompanying trade with the Florida Panthers for Reilly Smith (15) assures that the team will have players with a proven scoring touch.

"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.

The Golden Knights are required to take exactly one player from each team and a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders in the expansion draft. Yet the biggest victor in the business of sport this week is the sense of overall renewal that washes over hockey and basketball fans during the NHL and NBA drafts.

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After Foley paid $500 million to the league as an expansion fee, the Golden Knights were given favorable 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.

The picks included defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brayden McNabb, forward Oscar Lindberg.

"I have nothing but good things to say about Calgary and the organization", he said.

History was made on Wednesday night as the National Hockey League 31st team took shape.

The picks were made in reverse order of regular season points.

Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.

Seven of the top 10 picks were listed as centers. The fact the Golden Knights also got a second-round pick (albeit in 2020) from the Penguins is just icing on the cake. A year earlier they picked up Hamilton from Boston - also for a first and two seconds. When you have one pick in the first round, you're looking for one guy.

The team announced the medical update Wednesday, one that could have a significant impact on the veteran's career and the franchise's future.

“Its a different situation for everybody in here to come into a team where there is no team, ” said defenseman Jason Garrison, claimed from Tampa Bay.

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