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

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

"I thought it went really well", General Manager George McPhee said of the draft. But the expansion draft was just the start.

The league's newest 31st team had three first-round picks - the most ever for an expansion club.

When the protected lists were made public, it was somewhat surprising to see Ryan Strome, Eric Staal and other higher profile players left exposed. But there's plenty of talent here. In a league where meaningful transactions have diminished over the years - boxed in by the hard salary cap, the mentality of hockey players, the relative safety of conservatism - any excuse to actually talk about hockey moves is generally a good one.

It was the NHL's first expansion draft since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild joined the league in 2000.

"I didn't know that was coming", Fleury said about his new fans' enthusiasm. "That was insane. I'm obviously excited to get this started".

The night belonged to McDavid with his Hart Trophy (presented by Wayne Gretzky), Art Ross and Ted Lindsay (presented by Lindsay, Mark Messier and Mario Lemiuex) trifecta in addition to cover boy honours for EA Sports NHL '18 - not the Griffin Reinharts who became Golden Knights.

He should have been drafted last year with the year he had in the WHL but was born after the cutoff. Thorburn was picked by the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

Nashville had no choice when it came down to whom to protect. As a result, these are not "a bunch of misfits nobody wanted", as then-winger Jody Shelley once described the 1992-93 Senators. Nico could be the player the Devils need in order to get back into the playoffs. In a lot of cases, teams gave up draft picks to prevent certain players from being chosen.

No, we're also referring to the wide-open nature of the first round. "I'm really delighted that we have these kids". But the team won't be all defence. In what could be considered a down year, he still scored 15 goals and he's only one season removed from a 25-goal campaign.

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. Perron was a key contributor in St. Louis past year, scoring 18 goals.

"I think we're going to be competitive", said McNabb, who found out a day ago that he was being claimed. But this team also isn't likely to be very good in the short term.

Making Methot captain is a no-brainer - that is, if he doesn't get moved between now and the start of the season. "It should be fun". Via Cap Friendly, ten players selected will be unrestricted free agents after this season (including Neal and Marchessault).

The Golden Knights announced two more trades Thursday, running their total to 13 selections for this year's draft.

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

Vegas went young with most of the rest of its forward picks, including Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers and a few unproven players in Arizona's Teemu Pulkkinen, Carolina's Connor Brickley, Buffalo's William Carrier, Detroit's Tomas Nosek and Toronto's Brendan Leipsic.

The very first selection made was from the Colorado Avalanche.

He is looking forward to many more games in Sin City. Vegas will be the fourth team for Deryk. And it's pretty exciting.

"Don't get too much of that in Winnipeg", he joked. One person even shouted that he loved the newest member of the team. "I'll just use it as motivation".

Garrison was in Las Vegas Wednesday night, and took part in the expansion team's roster announcement.

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