Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

Columbus did what it needed to do to protect forward Josh Anderson, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, but at a cost of the team's 2017 first-round pick (24th overall) and a 2019 second-round pick.

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.

Fleury was long expected to be the man in net for Vegas, which also got a 2020 second-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for the agreement to select the 32-year-old with three Stanley Cup rings.

The Golden Knights also have signed a handful of free agents.

"Obviously, we've got great fans already, having sold out the season tickets and the reception we had tonight here, " Fleury said after he walked out on stage in a Golden Knights jersey.

The picks included defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brayden McNabb, forward Oscar Lindberg. McPhee could trade Methot. "Three days ago we had a whiteboard with no names on it and now it looks like we have a hockey team and we like how it looks". It's the air conditioning that keeps people alive in the desert, and which will help them make ice in the fall, when the Vegas Golden Knights are a real thing.

"It's good to get a deal done", Engelland said. But they promptly moved back three spots in a deal with Dallas in the first of three trades announced during the first round. "For it to finally happen, it's wonderful". It was a fairly easy decision on my part, and Im excited to be here.”. As ace analyst Sean Tierney noted on Twitter, it's hard to draft players who skate in more than 100 professional games. Vegas expansion draft choices certainly appear to form a team that could make noise in the Pacific Division.

After meeting with the Board of Governors earlier in the day, Foley said he was already "very proud" of the roster assembled by McPhee.

"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. “I believe fans are really going to like the team, and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have. It's not just a player per team.

A defenseman from St. Cloud, Minn., Schmidt played in 200 regular-season games in four seasons with the Capitals while tallying 43 points (eight goals, 35 assists). It might have been an upgraded draft pick plus a player, all kinds of different situations.”.

Nicolas Hague, who was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, takes questions from reporters at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

McPhee said he was happy and relieved as he assessed the Knights' draft. But in theory, it's also enough time for the first batch of draft picks to develop into National Hockey League players.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season October 5 at Boston.

"I'll give it everything I've got to win some games", Fleury said.

It was thought that Vegas might load up on goalies, but McPhee passed on intriguing options like Philipp Grubauer, Petr Mrazek and Antti Raanta and instead went for a surplus of defencemen _ and more apparent trade value.

  • Julie Sanders