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

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You can't really do the same thing with goalies or forwards. I knew I would have to be on the phone for the next 20 minutes. They also acquired prospect Alex Tuch, a 2014 first-round draft choice, 18th overall, for a conditional draft choice. He seems nearly certain to be the Golden Knights' starter with two years on his contract.

The expansion draft affects every team in the league, so numerous stars convening in Vegas will be paying close attention to the names of the teammates they'll be losing to Sin City.

The selection of Methot is a major coup for the Golden Knights.

He continued to talk to GMs about defensemen Thursday. Fleury is a quality starting goaltender and an upbeat, glass-half-full personality that will greatly enhance the Golden Knights' dressing-room chemistry once the expansion euphoria dies down and grim reality sets in.

"That's how bad we were", said Bowness, laughing.

Which could lead to more picks. In exchange for exposing Marchessault, the Panthers then traded forward Reilly Smith to Vegas for a fourth-round pick in an effort to shed Smith's salary. That leaves Methot, Alexei Emelin, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Luca Sbisa and Nate Schmidt.

"I was just cruising along and then (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong) called me", Perron said. So it should be no surprise that the Golden Knights would make decisions that might seem questionable at first glance. You'd expect that from owner Bill Foley, who called it a "great team", and from head coach Gerard Gallant, who called it "a pretty impressive group".

Las Vegas will be the sixth stop on the NHL circuit for Schlemko, who will be entering his 10th season in the league next fall.

McPhee said he spent about the same amount of time on amateur scouting that he usually did as GM of the Washington Capitals from 1997-2014.

McPhee's predecessor and successor with the Capitals: While it was a good night for McPhee, who previously held the same post in Washington, the expansion draft wasn't so kind to the man McPhee replaced with the Capitals (David Poile) and the one who stepped in after McPhee was sacked in 2014 (Brian MacLellan).

Right now, Fleury is just relishing his role as the face of the new franchise and is excited about bringing greater awareness to the sport in a city not exactly known for its hockey.

Players with two or less years of professional experience in North America were also exempt, so the Sharks didn't have to make top prospects, such as Joonas Donskoi, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc, available. McPhee said he and his staff still were finalizing their list and identifying who they wanted to draft.

After a couple of years developing these guys while finishing up the track and acquiring more top picks, Vegas should be able to contend in the Pacific Conference with Anaheim, Edmonton, San Jose, Calgary, Los Angeles and Vancouver by the end of the decade. When you've got three, it's harder. "But it's a good problem to have". But the main order of business will come on Friday, when Vegas, which has three first-round selections, picks what could be a future franchise player. McPhee said he and his staff had thought about that for a bit.

However, a lack of popular names does not mean a lack of potential franchise players. "I'm proud that I played again for the Blues". Before their inaugural season the Sens held a free-agent camp and The Ottawa Sun thought it would be a nifty idea if they sent their circulation manager, Larry Skinner, for a first-person account of the camp.

Vegas took defenseman Griffin Reinhart off the Oilers' hands instead of opting for Jujhar Khaira.