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

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

When we look back at the Las Vegas Golden Knights draft, it could very well be Johnathan Marchessault who proves to be the team's best pick. Vegas submitted their list of with four minutes to spare before Wednesday's 10 a.m. ET deadline.

The selection of Methot is a major coup for the Golden Knights.

"It's a hard draft", said McPhee, the franchise's GM. He could have maybe assembled a borderline playoff team if he had taken the best available players, but expensive mediocrity is not a sustainable strategy.

Indeed, this isn't your usual expansion team roster.

The Knights spent their fifth-round picks on Lucas Elvenes, a 17-year-old right wing from Sweden, and Jonathan Dugan, an 18-year-old center from Northwood Prep in upstate NY who will be playing for Chicago in the USHL next season and Providence College in 2019.

Fleury was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 National Hockey League draft and has won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins. "The people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did". They don't try almost as many daring plays as most teams, boasting high pass success rates and low turnover rates, and they win a ton of puck battles. But there's plenty of talent here.

However, a lack of popular names does not mean a lack of potential franchise players.

Vegas Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury speaks with the media Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

"I'm so proud to be in Edmonton", McDavid said. Since 2004, sixth-round picks have a 24 percent chance of playing at least one game in the National Hockey League with just 11 percent playing a full season's worth of games.

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What kind of team will they be? I expect them to add to that with the large amount of veteran forwards in this year's free agency.

The expansion draft itself was mostly anticlimactic, as the names of numerous new Golden Knights had already leaked out.

Nashville had no choice when it came down to whom to protect. As a result, these are not "a bunch of misfits nobody wanted", as then-winger Jody Shelley once described the 1992-93 Senators. One player in particular is hoping to add to his already impressive trophy haul. The Golden Knights appeared to land a particularly strong corps of blueliners, providing the foundation for the tough, young team envisioned by general manager George McPhee. "I was a little surprised by that". They didn't plan to go big after going small, but that's how it worked out.

The Knights aren't expected to keep them all, though Engelland seems a sure bet. But the team won't be all defence. For more recent success, look for Jonathan Marchessault to build on the career-best 30 goals he scored in Florida last season.

The highlight of the draftees were three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie from the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury, as well as Predators veteran forward James Neal. Perron had 18 goals in a depth role with the St. Louis Blues. "To have the fans and the community behind us, I think it will be fun". "We got some skill, we got some size and we got some goaltending. It should be fun".

By agreeing to take goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, Vegas also acquired Bischoff, Mikhail Grabovski, the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft and a second-round pick in the 2019 draft from the Islanders.

Dreger also said Wednesday that "rumblings indicate" Leipsic will be the player McPhee selects off the Maple Leafs' roster. The team finished in last place in the National Hockey League in the 2016-17 season. With more than 35 players on the roster, he could end up making another 10 more before the week is over. Vegas will be the fourth team for Deryk. And it's pretty exciting.

"Every day wherever you go you see Knights hats and shirts out there", he said. He talked about the support they had there. "I think it will go well".

The Knights probably won't be as bad initially as the expansion Atlanta Thrashers _ who managed a meagre 39 points in 1999 _ but more in line instead with the 2000 Blue Jackets and Wild franchises, which finished 22nd (tied) and 25th overall in their first seasons.