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

25 June 2017

On Wednesday night, in front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights unveiled what the majority of their roster will look like in 2017-18.

"I think it's a great story, obviously, to draft the first Swiss kid, but honestly he's a hockey player", said Shero.

A couple picks made by Knights general manager George McPhee were good. At the expansion draft in Montreal, the Sens stored their scouting information on one computer, but didn't bring a backup battery.

Just about all the picks were uninteresting, but it's my job to make the uninteresting seem interesting. "I really liked the guys in the room and I started to think I could trust them with my career and where I want to go and what I want to accomplish in hockey". It's what I do. Much better to do what McPhee did, and accept picks in exchange for agreeing not to take actual useful players.

Ten of the top 13 picks were listed as centers. He passed on Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen to take two defensemen who will nearly definitely be worse than what could have been had. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again. Smith has a $5 million cap hit through the 2022 season, but it's unclear why the Panthers were so desperate to shed the 26-year-old's salary. McPhee just wanted Eakin, perhaps to flip elsewhere.

Several teams had good nights in Chicago - the St. Louis Blues (Robert Thomas and Klim Kostin) and Dallas Stars (Miro Heiskanen and Jake Oettinger) come to mind - but no franchise did better than Vegas. They'll be bad for a few years. It's enough time for him to shape the roster using more than what he could get in the draft (or as a result of players chosen in the draft). "Other than Kailer's size being the shortest and lightest player ever drafted at 5'7" and 147 pounds. But the entry draft was a chance for them to build a Stanley Cup contender for the future. I don't know where I'll be in six years.

Beau Bennett was the play here. Brannstrom had nine goals and 14 assists from the blue line for HV 71's under 20 team.

In a career that has spanned 652 regular season games, Perron has registered 159 goals, 219 assists (378 points).

He's 25 but there's potential. He could be part of the Knights' top four defensemen next season.

"It's a tremendous honor to be selected in the first round of the National Hockey League draft".

He should be a solid No. 2 in net for the Knights.

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.

The winger should be a very nice player for the Knights. That's not Haula's fault but McPhee's decisions about who he did nor did not fleece for picks is confusing. Erik an underrated defenseman because of his size.

There's a case to be made that the Knights should have taken goaltender Philipp Grubauer but this was the wiser move.

Earlier this week, Deadspin noted that the Atlanta Thrashers - the last expansion team to enter the league alone, and a team that also made a bunch of deals in addition to selecting players in a draft - had a 90-point team in their sixth year and were a division victor in their seventh.

"He's a great leader, a great guy on and off the ice". It's packages like this that make the other ones without packages so odd. Plus, the second-round pick makes it a palatable choice when there were some speedy forwards available.

In the present day, relative greybeards Marc Methot and Jason Garrison will be around to serve as leaders and the voice of experience in the Knights' dressing room.

They got a first-round pick. He might've had a little leverage during the expansion draft period, but McPhee has been around long enough to understand the real leverage will happen over time, as rivals lose players to injury and become more desperate.

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