Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

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

Elias Hubbard | 26 June, 2017, 02:15

It was expected that the three-time Stanley Cup champion would be selected in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Goaltenders Jean-Francois Berube (NY Islanders), Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh), Calvin Pickard (Colorado).

Thousands of fans braved 116-degree afternoon heat to gather on the south end of the Strip for the unique combination of the awards show and the chance to learn the identities of the home team's first National Hockey League veterans. He won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins.

The Golden Knights might not be a playoff team, but they also might not finish last next season.

FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, Dallas Stars' Cody Eakin (20) moves the puck after taking it away from Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) during an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. The Vegas Golden Knights selected Eakin in the expansion draft Wednesday, June 21, 2017. In his first full season with Portland, Oregon, he recorded just 10 goals and 17 assists in 65 games. They need a forward big-time, partly to show pending 2018 free agent John Tavares they're serious about contending.

The Golden Knights were allowed to reveal certain trades made with other teams to dissuade Vegas from picking particular players, and additional deals are likely to be revealed throughout the week.

Not by a long shot.

With the selections of Glass, Suzuki, and Brannstrom along with the likes of veterans Marc Methot, James Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas is putting together a solid roster for their first season.

"It looks good", Fleury said of the initial roster.

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.

"I'll give it everything I've got to win some games", Fleury said. "It was a big crowd tonight, and with the way our team is looking, I like it".

What's odd to me is how many people who should and maybe do know better are blowing smoke up your ass and saying this team might be good now. The Nords were owned at the time by Carling O'Keefe - the beer company - and my first day as a Nord in training camp actually ended with being forced to share an O'Keefe's beer as a peacemaking gesture with Wally Weir in general manager Maurice Filion's office after Weier and I had a vicious fight and he kneed my in the face (I'll tell that story in my upcoming autobiography; there was a lot of back-story and intrigue to it). Also in that group: Vegas resident Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Jason Garrison, Brayden McNabb, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa and hard-hitting former Montreal Canadien Alexei Emelin. If the Devils aren't anxious about Patrick's injuries that limited his play in 2016-17, they could take Patrick, who has always been projected as the top player in the Draft.

The Knights took on a pair of contracts - David Clarkson from the Blue Jackets and Mikhail Grabovski from the Islanders - that will help them get to the salary floor but little else. He's listed at 5-9 which prevented him from being a top-10 pick. It also has two selections in the fifth and sixth.

Other players picked include Erik Haula, Connor Brickley, Chris Thorburn, David Schlemko, Jon Merrill, Clayton Stoner, and William Karlsson.

--Three first-rounders this year at Nos.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is a finalist for both the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and the Ted Lindsay Award (outstanding player as voted by NHLPA).

Klim Kostin, another Russian who topped the NHL's European rankings heading into the draft, slid to the Blues at 31st overall - the pick coming by way of a trade with Pittsburgh.

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