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

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

The NHL Entry Draft continues through the weekend with 8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis providing coverage on the Golden Knights selections.

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.

Schlemko started his pro career way back in 2007-08 for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, however, he would appear for their National Hockey League team, the Phoenix Coyotes the next season playing in just three games scoring one point.

"It's really hard to believe we're here now with this list", said McPhee.

"It looks good", Fleury said of the initial roster. "Right away our goal has to be to get good, to improve and to go out there".

Hischier fits in nicely with Shero's desire to put a faster team on the ice.

"They're way past getting off the ground", Nashville general manager David Poile said.

Fleury said he may pick Crosby's brain to learn how he has carried himself so impeccably, the daily dealings with media, the constant attention and the pressure to perform.

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

Florida was seemingly trying to get out of Smith's contract ($5 million cap hit through the 2022 season) with the move, but Smith has two 20-goal seasons under his belt in the National Hockey League and scored 15 goals with 22 assists last season.

We typically see trades during this same stretch, but not many happen once you get to mid-July and beyond. "They've got some smart guys up there, and they know exactly what they are doing". Of course, the Golden Knights end goal is to increase their draft capital while Carolina might be more interested in trading picks for players. The Golden Knights are Las Vegas first franchise in a major professional sport. Vegas's public threats to other teams meant the team might as well have been called the Vegas Mob, and some of the picks came with future assets attached, which is what any expansion team needs more than anything. That same Florida team was very likely the best expansion team in their first year playing in the National Hockey League. There's little denying that he's a fearsome fighter, with six in 2016-17 and as many as 10 in a single season. The NHL still had ties in 1994, so teams didn't pick up extra points through shootout wins.

Clayton Stoner was the last former WHL player to be selected. Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes, Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche got left outside of the top three.

DON'T SLEEP ON: The Golden Knights will be young, but San Jose's David Schlemko (30) and Paul Martin (36) and New Jersey's Ben Lovejoy (33) are veteran options. Taylor Hall is a great scoring winger, and Pavel Zacha and Michael McLeod are great prospects, but none of them project as the kind of dominant No. 1 center that often anchors great teams. "Definitely ready for that part of it". Nashville celebrates the longest playoff run in franchise history at home October 10 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

When Glass heads to development camp next week it won't serve as his first trip to Vegas. Poor Jason Garrison had to walk out there in a jersey that didn't have his name on the back, after they detailed how Tampa Bay gave the Knights a second-round and fourth-round pick for the defenceman to be selected, plus another player. "It's the first team".

Fleury played in 691 regular season games for the Penguins and posted a record of 375-216-66 to go along with a 2.58 GAA and a.912 save percentage.

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