Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Devils select Swiss center Nico Hischier with No. 1 pick

Devils select Swiss center Nico Hischier with No. 1 pick

In 60 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League previous year, he had 26 goals and 60 points.

The Knights had three picks in the second round and set the tone by drafting 6-foot-6-inch defenseman Nicolas Hague with their first pick at No. 34.

The Golden Knights have an NHL-ready arena, an experienced front office, an eager coaching staff, an eye-catching logo and positive momentum in their new community. Jason Garrison, arriving from Tampa Bay, will bring veteran leadership of his own. "Going through it today, it's been a harder draft than most so it's taking some time ... three picks, it's a lot to manage and you really have to focus".

Vegas Golden Knights' Chris Thorburn poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The franchises final selection in the first round was 17-year-old Swedish defenseman Erik Brannstrom, who plans to learn the National Hockey League game from a wide variety of veterans on the Golden Knights roster. Teams were limited in who they could protect.

While Fleury has seen his playing time reduced due to the rise of Matt Murray, he was an integral part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup run. When he was 10, his youth team played in a tournament in Sin City.

Forward Tomas Nosek was selected from the Detroit Red Wings followed by two more forwards, Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars and Jonathan Marchessault of the Florida Panthers. "I think we have a real chance to grow together as a franchise".

"I watched the Blue Jays mostly in the playoffs, but I don't watch too much baseball during the year", Patrick said.

The Golden Knights sat in a strong position created by the favorable expansion draft terms granted to Foley, who paid a $500 million expansion fee to join the league.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2016-17, headlined the expansion draft selections.

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General manager George McPhee turned his 30 picks into an impressive haul that includes a 30-goal scorer (Jonathan Marchessault), a former 40-goal scorer (James Neal), a top-pairing physical defenseman in Marc Methot, a three-time Stanley Cup winning goalie (Marc-Andre Fleury), plus two extra first-round picks in Friday's National Hockey League and multiple picks over the next three drafts.

While most connections continue to be with West Coast teams like Los Angeles and Vancouver, I still wonder about the New York Islanders as well.

First-round picks nearly always see action in the NHL - just 13 percent have not skated at least one game in the league - and, on average, are 50-point scorers if the pick is a forward. "I think just wanting to prove people wrong was a big thing".

"At the end of the day I don't care if I go one, two, three, four, like it doesn't matter to me", said Patrick, who threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

"We were very happy to get Hague", McPhee said.

St. Louis forward David Perron also selected while both Mikhail Grabovski and David Clarkson were acquired in trades from the Islanders and Blue Jackets respectively to keep the Golden Knights from selecting certain unprotected players.

Vegas emerged from the expansion draft with 15 defensemen, and McPhee alluded before the expansion draft to trading some of them. Theyre going to be pleasantly surprised.”.

However, not every player Vegas picked in the expansion draft will stick.

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

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