Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

"It worked out that we got some size and strength in the second round". "I think if the three of us can do something special there it's going to be awesome".

Here we go, National Hockey League fans.

"It was tough watching guys I played with and against have their name called", he said.

Boston center Patrice Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for the fourth time as the NHL's best defensive forward, and San Jose's Brent Burns won his first Norris Trophy as the top defenseman. Will Marc Methot stay or go?

In the short term, although the free agency period will bolster their roster, Vegas will struggle to be competitive in a very strong Western Conference.

But McPhee made it sound like he didn't need to make major moves at this point.

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.

"We like our team right now", McPhee said. "So we're in a pretty good place".

As a result of all the maneuvering in the expansion draft, Vegas had a total of 13 selections in last NHL Entry Draft, including three in the top 15 and three in the second round. They also took a goalie in the sixth round - Jiri Patera, 18, from the Czech Republic.

McPhee opted not to pick the top unprotected player on many rosters and instead, landed his club extra draft picks, prospects and players.

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"I'm not looking to be the face of much", said Marc-Andre Fleury, staring down a hornet's nest of excited reporters.

The best deal for Vegas was the one struck with the Florida Panthers, one of the clear losers of the expansion draft. They needed to keep their defense in tact, so someone was going to be left out, and James Neal was that guy. I've spent a lot of time there but this year is going to be a lot of fun. "That didn't happen, but I'm fortunate now". I'm going to make the most of it. "I'll just use it as motivation". It also shipped defenseman David Schlemko to Montreal for a fifth-round pick in 2019. Columbus selected Kolesar in the third round (No. 69) in 2015 and flipped him for a second-rounder.

Despite being 34 years old, Stempniak scored 16 goals for the Hurricanes last season, and would probably outperform the combined production of Brickley (five points in 23 games in 2016-17) and the player drafted with that pick (13 goals and 30 points, on average), which has an 11 percent chance of playing a season's worth of games in the National Hockey League.

Campoli plans to attend Clarkson University, also nicknamed the Golden Knights.

"One of the advantages of our expansion team situation is we've known all year where we would pick so that's given us the opportunity to focus in on that group of players", McCrimmon said. "It helps us fill in the middle".

Vegas landed a first rounder in 2017 and a second in 2019 from NY _ all to likely keep the Knights from selecting one of Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, or perhaps Ryan Strome. The Vegas Golden Knights selected Methot in the expansion draft, Wednesday, June 21.

"I talked to him a bit about that", Jake Leschyshyn said. He was really happy with the way things went.

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'm not too sure".

Insane as they might be, though, the fans need to be patient with all of the prospects. "From (owner Bill) Foley down to Mr. McPhee, Gerard (Gallant) as a coach, they all seem like great people". Ten of those players never played a game for the Thrashers. "It's better to overcook them than throw them in raw".

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