Devils on the Clock With No. 1 Pick in NHL Draft

Devils on the Clock With No. 1 Pick in NHL Draft

Devils on the Clock With No. 1 Pick in NHL Draft

But Vegas' hometown team is in the spotlight for the first time this year, reaching a major milestone in its process of becoming the NHL's 31st franchise - and doing it during a heat wave. The 32-year-old opted to waive his no-movement clause with the Penguins for the chance to become a starting netminder once more after Matt Murray stole his long-time No. 1 job in Pittsburgh.

That transition to the desert will be easier for some Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland has lived in Las Vegas in the off-season for a decade.

None of the local teams were hit particularly hard - the Rangers seemed to be particularly spared with the selection of Lindberg in comparison to the possible losses of Jesper Fast, Michael Grabner or Antti Raanta - although the Islanders paid a hefty price to keep Vegas off their core group, including the loss of this year's 15th overall pick.

The picks were announced in four separate segments, during which trades between the Golden Knights and other teams were announced as well. The former undrafted player has appeared in 360 National Hockey League games scoring 87 points with 114 penalty minutes and career plus seven rating split between Phoenix/Arizona, Dallas, Calgary, New Jersey, and San Jose.

This is the right play because Perron should get big minutes, rack up a bunch of points and fetch at least a third-round pick as a rental at next year's trade deadline.

Marchessault provides the best value of any player taken and Smith could bounce back after a down season.

We're not just referring to the fact the Vegas Golden Knights will make their first pick in franchise history.

McDavid finished with 30 goals and 100 points in the regular season and sparked his Oilers to a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2005-06.

This was a no-lose situation for Vegas - no matter what they were walking away with a two-time Stanley-Cup winning netminder. Got a lot of good players, a lot of good picks.

At least that was the reaction Fleury received as he received a standing ovation as he walked on stage at T-Mobile Arena in a Golden Knights jersey during Wednesday night's expansion draft reveal.

Within that philosophy, the Golden Knights' expansion draft Wednesday featured many side deals for future entry draft picks to reaffirm the general manager's intentions. He more than tripled his output in just one season.

The fourth-round pick could add even more value.

But the best was the deal with the Islanders, in which the Golden Knights passed on Strome and instead received goalie Jean-Francois Berube, centre Mikail Grabovski, defensive prospect Jake Bischoff and this year's first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2019.

He is looking forward to many more games in Sin City. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again. He also picked up two more first-round picks in the entry draft Friday night along with other selections, prospects and National Hockey League players.

This was a smart move by Buffalo. In his first full season with Portland, Oregon, he recorded just 10 goals and 17 assists in 65 games. Goaltenders selected in the sixth round have just a 3.8 percent chance of playing 82 or more games in the National Hockey League.

The Golden Knights' roster likely won't consist of 23 players exclusively from the 30-man group announced Wednesday, as plenty of trades could happen before or during Friday's draft and throughout the off-season.

The Wild had the most to lose in the expansion draft. But according to Lepage, the Devils will pick Halifax center Nico Hischier (6-1, 178) (WHL) who is from Switzerland.

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