Nine former WHL players were selected by the newest NHL franchise, Vegas Golden Knights, at tonight's NHL Awards ceremony.
At 10:15 p.m. Eastern time, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender of 14 years, the holder of most of the franchise's records, the holder of much of a city's collective heart, was formally selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL's Expansion Draft.
The selection of Berube from the New York Islanders brought a windfall for the Golden Knights, as they also acquired via trade forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff and two picks - a 2017 first-round selection and 2019 second-round pick from the Isles. Fleury was picked by the team in the NHL hockey expansion draft.
As it looked on Wednesday night, the Golden Knights roster isn't necessarily unwatchable: James Neal, for instance, surpassed 30 goals as recently as two seasons ago, and Jonathan Marchessault hit 30 this past season. "I believe fans are really going to like the team, and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have". But it's one they are all looking forward to.
"We took a lot of skill in the first round (Friday)", Vegas general manager George McPhee said. It nearly feels silly to care about who was selected last night as anything more than trivia.
Hague said he thinks he has the kind of game that translates to today's National Hockey League.
"Well, I'd say he gets an A-plus himself". As for next season, the league will be without one of their icons.
The 18-year-old, who ranked seventh in Canada's Western Hockey League last season with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 games with Portland, has been compared by scouts to Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron. "But it's something I definitely knew would eventually come". Want some more size and physicality? Fleury was picked by the team in the NHL hockey expansion draft.
While Fleury has seen his playing time reduced due to the rise of Matt Murray, he was an integral part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup run.
Teams had a year to prepare to lose one player in the process, and yet some fared far better than others. "I played with some great guys".
But the 18-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, apparently isn't much of a baseball fan.
For that to happen, the team needs players that can grow with the team. The 18-year-old can still head back to Portland, Oregon to further improve his game, but Glass could be the ideal man to center a skillful line in Las Vegas in the future.
However, in a year or two, he can most certainly develop into a huge asset to Edmonton as he is very elusive and is an assassin with the puck on his stick while also getting creative with it as well.
Ten of the top 13 picks were listed as centers. Fittingly, this years draft was held at the United Center in Chicago.
For one historic week, the Vegas Golden Knights were takers.
Jones said he will try to prove that he should have been drafted higher.
However, a lack of popular names does not mean a lack of potential franchise players.
McPhee said he was happy and relieved as he assessed the Knights' draft.
Vegas got defensive for the third round of announcements, selecting five defensemen among the group of eight announced players.
As stated before Vegas got a great pick with Suzuki at 13th overall when he gets older and more developed he could be an unstoppable force with Vegas.
"We were well prepared and ready. For me right now, I'm definitely excited to be a New York Islander". "I think if the three of us can do something special there it's going to be fantastic". "Usually, you're talking to teams or thinking of teams and you have some sort of idea of how they're built or their history or whatever it may be, and they are completely fresh".