National Hockey League awards, expansion draft a Vegas doubleheader


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. Doesn't matter where, they're going to be in this draft 20 years from now.

"My skating has come along, and I could always shot the puck", he said. As I said, the people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did.

Glass is obviously hoping to change that.

After the Vegas Golden Knights made their final selection of the expansion draft on Wednesday night, the new National Hockey League franchise's general manager George McPhee explained to the fans inside T-Mobile Arena and to viewers watching on TV that he'd had two objectives for the night. The Ducks traded the promising Theodore to stop Vegas from selecting defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson - and to persuade the Golden Knights to take Clayton Stoner instead, removing his onerous contract from the five-time defending Pacific Division champions' books. Neither had Brannstrom, whose limited knowledge of the city came from watching the comedy, The Hangover. "I think this is by far the best expansion team ever". "It should be really fun".

Vegas will play its first two games on the road, visiting Arizona on October 7 before the second leg of an early back-to-back for coach Gerard Gallant's club.

The team is literally in the building phase of its development.

He received a huge ovation when the pick was announced. Vegas sent defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Carolina for a second-round selection on Saturday.

Scouts are calling Glass the second-coming of Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele; Suzuki is a sniper who ranked fourth in the OHL with 45 goals; and while Brannstom is undersized for a defenceman, he more than makes up for it with an ability to produce offensively. It was exactly the kind of moment befitting the face of a new franchise.

But only Glass, who joins David Legwand (Nashville) and Rotislav Klesla (Columbus) and a limited group of others as the first picks of an expansion team, will have the distinction of being a trivia question. Now he was wearing a Golden Knights' hat and jersey as the newest member of the franchise.

"I think there's a lot pressure to it, but then again, I know what I can do on the ice", he said. "Usually, you're talking to teams or thinking of teams and you have some sort of idea of how they're built or their history or whatever it may be, and they are completely fresh". "I'll take those emotions that I had last night and just use it as motivation".

Sure bet: Assuming Anaheim has already worked out a trade to keep Vegas away from Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson - perhaps at the cost of a first-round pick - there are still plenty of young, affordable defencemen to choose from along with some veterans.

According to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the event in Vegas will be two-in-one and therefore, it is special. He is just too enticing of a player.

McPhee's predecessor and successor with the Capitals: While it was a good night for McPhee, who previously held the same post in Washington, the expansion draft wasn't so kind to the man McPhee replaced with the Capitals (David Poile) and the one who stepped in after McPhee was sacked in 2014 (Brian MacLellan).

It was a lot to ask, especially when you considered that this was an underwhelming draft that many scouts and general managers believed had no defined order or generation-type talents. GM George McPhee isn't an idiot. He is 6-5, 207, makes good reads and has a good stick, and patterns himself after 6-6 defensemen Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues.