NHL Draft is big night for the Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Golden Knights roster keeps growing in Chicago Friday night.

The franchise has already gotten their pick of veterans from this past weeks expansion draft and the young talent continues to grow from some of the games top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft.

General Manager George McPhee calculated expansion picks focused on defensemen and selecting three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender from the Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Golden Knights had three first round selections in the NHL Entry Draft picking two forwards and one defenseman.

At pick number six, McPhee selected 18-year-old Cody Glass for the team’s first ever entry pick. Glass played for the Portland Winterhawks last season collecting 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) and named team co-MVP during the 2016-2017 season. At pick number 13, 17-year-old center Nick Suzuki was selected and collected 45 goals, 51 assists in 65 OHL games. McPhee had both prospects rated very high on his draft board, according to several NHL sources.

The franchises final selection in the first round was 17-year-old Swedish defenseman Erik Brannstrom, who plans to learn the NHL game from a wide variety of veterans on the Golden Knights roster. Branndtrom won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2016 World Under-18 Championship.

"I thought it went really well,” General Manager George McPhee said of the draft. “We got two skilled centers and a very skilled defenseman and we still have three picks in the second round. We had contemplated doing a few different things and using a second-round pick to do it, but we ended up getting the guys we wanted to get, so we didn’t have to do that. So, we’re really happy with that."

A lot of the focus is on the changing culture of sports in Vegas, but Friday marked major changes for the lives of Vegas’ prospects making southern Nevada their new home.

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


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