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

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But it should help that the upper limit has been bumped to $75 million for 2017-18 and a few franchises managed to unload unwanted contracts to Vegas in expansion. Comparably, the price tag for Pickard is $1 million, and he'll be a 26-year-old free agent at the conclusion of next season. I like our center ice position.

Knights general manager George McPhee went heavy on defenders and short on high-end help in selecting 30 players at the first National Hockey League expansion draft in 17 years.

Some of the players Vegas took last night could be on the move, notably defensemen Marc Methot and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Maksim Zhukov of Russian Federation became the first ever goalie drafted by the organization at 127th overall.

There were trade winds blowing throughout the Windy City after a league-wide roster freeze was lifted on Thursday morning, and the possibility for some fireworks certainly seemed present with Round 1 looming on Friday night.

The players who have already arrived in Vegas realize that although they're starting over, they aren't starting from scratch.

From Tampa Bay, Vegas picked up defenseman Jason Garrison, who had nine power-play goals last season, along with forward Nikita Gusev, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2018 fourth-pick for expansion draft considerations. He has good vision with the puck and does a nice job of finding shooting lanes both in 5-on-5 play and on the power play. We'll see. Winning a ton of games right from inception is never going to happen for an expansion franchise. That began when the NHL Board of Governors made the decision that every team could only protect eight skaters and one goalie, and they had to have at least two exposed forwards under contract for next season, as well as one exposed defenseman and one goalie under contract, all of whom met certain games-played requirements.

Forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia), Connor Brickley (Carolina), William Carrier (Buffalo), Cody Eakin (Dallas), Erik Haula (Minnesota), William Karlsson (Columbus), Brendan Leipsic (Toronto), Oscar Lindberg (NY Rangers), Jonathan Marchessault (Florida), James Neal (Nashville), Tomas Nosek (Detroit), David Perron (St. Louis), Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona), Chris Thorburn (Winnipeg).

Marc-Andre Fleury took the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a brand-new Vegas Golden Knights jersey, and his new fans welcomed him to town with raucous cheers.

The Knights were slated to select one player from each of the 30 existing NHL teams with the hockey clubs forced to expose some talented and intriguing options.

Expansion teams traditionally lack scorers, and this year protected lists didn't show many scorers available.

What's odd to me is how many people who should and maybe do know better are blowing smoke up your ass and saying this team might be good now. The NHL still had ties in 1994, so teams didn't pick up extra points through shootout wins.

Taking smaller names and unproven National Hockey League players will help ensure they make it to the Wolves without being claimed by various National Hockey League teams.

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.

"My roots are here", Engelland said. "Definitely ready for that part of it". "I think there's a lot of good players that we selected and some young guys too".

When Murray suffered an injury during warmups of the first game of the playoffs, Fleury stepped in and would eventually lead his team to the Eastern Conference Final. But the biggest victor had to be the Minnesota Timberwolves, who extracted All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Timberwolves in a trade that still saw them pick in the first round.

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