Cody Glass becomes Vegas' first-ever draft pick

Cody Glass becomes Vegas' first-ever draft pick

Vegas Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The team's inaugural development camp is Tuesday at the Las Vegas Ice Center, and McPhee expected most of the 13 players obtained during the weekend to participate.

Fleury took the stage in a Golden Knights jersey to wild cheers from his new home fans. "I'll give it everything I've got to win some games and try to get into the community to meet people and spread the word about the Golden Knights".

Glass was selected by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights with their first-ever pick Friday night, going No. 6 overall as part of a parade of forwards at the top of the National Hockey League draft.

As it looked on Wednesday night, the Golden Knights roster isn't necessarily unwatchable: James Neal, for instance, surpassed 30 goals as recently as two seasons ago, and Jonathan Marchessault hit 30 this past season.

Marc-Andre Fleury was next to speak.

Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard was the first player McPhee announced as a Golden Knight.

Not by a long shot. 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. Garrison, Engelland and Fleury said the same thing. The first night of the season also includes the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, a matchup of the top two picks in the 2016 draft, Auston Matthews against Patrik Laine. The three-time Cup victor lost his starting job with the back-to-back champion Penguins, but he'll get to start over in the desert with two years on his contract. Seven teams opted for the latter approach; one of them, the New York Islanders, were the only team to protect five defensemen.

"Let's do it earlier", Marc-Andre Fleury said Thursday.

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He is looking forward to many more games in Sin City.

"I'm sure tonight when I put my head on the pillow and go to sleep thinking about what happened, then it will all start to really sink in", said McDavid, who also walked away with the Ted Lindsay Award as most valuable player as voted on by the NHLPA and the Art Ross Trophy for most points scored in a season.

"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said. Making those agreements got Vegas forward prospect Alex Tuch from the Wild, defenseman Shea Theodore from the Ducks, unsigned forward prospect Nikita Gusev from the Lightning and the 15th pick and defensive prospect Jake Bischoff from NY.

"I didn't really see that as a hockey place when I went there, but now, with the new team and the fans and season tickets sold out, I think hockey will be unbelievable", Glass said.

It was a savvy move by McPhee, who made 10 trades leading up to the expansion draft.

Nashville GM David Poile couldn't hide his emotions at the moment Neal's name was announced. He's listed at 5-9 which prevented him from being a top-10 pick.

The Golden Knights were also able to draft center Nick Suzuki, who some believe to be the smartest forward in the draft. Doesnt matter where, theyre going to be in this draft 20 years from now.

What they don't have is the game-changing playmakers and goal-scorers that separate decent teams from great ones, but they've got a plan for that, too: Vegas will add even more top-shelf talent Friday in the draft in Chicago, where McPhee holds three first-round picks, including the sixth overall.

The draft did see a record number of Finnish first rounders (six) as well as the highest ever pick from France, Alexandre Texier.

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