Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

Posted June 26, 2017

Glass, another 18-year-old forward, had 32 goals and 62 assists in 69 games last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

Fans of the last round of expansion in Minnesota and Columbus, along with those of the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, and modern day Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets - the 12 current National Hockey League franchises never to hoist Lord Stanley's mug - will soldier along in part because of the fresh blood they've seen their teams infused with this week. Defensemen Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall to Dallas) and Cale Makar (No. 4 to Colorado) and right wing Owen Tippett (No. 10 to Florida) were the lone exceptions.

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

Shero said the Devils determined Hischier was their guy in the final week to 10 days, opting for the so-called "Swiss McDavid" over Patrick for his upside and ability to make others better.

After a symphony of boos for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and most of Chicago's rivals across the league, the crowd cheered when the Blackhawks finally got on the clock at No. 26. Expect some first round trades, as well. "We got two skilled centers and a very skilled defenseman and we still have three picks in the second round". Among the added selections were Nick Suzuki (13th overall), a centre from London, Ont., who finished fifth in the Ontario Hockey League with 96 points last season, and Erik Brannstrom (15th), a Swedish defenceman who styles his game after Shayne Gostisbehere - the runner-up to Panarin for the league's top rookie in 2016.

The NHL draft will have some intrigue this year.

The Vegas Golden Knights general manager has long viewed the NHL's entry draft as the way to build a championship team. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in almost three decades, finishing with a 28-40-14 record.

"At the end of the day I don't care if I go one, two, three, four, like it doesn't matter to me", said Patrick, who threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's Cubs game at Wrigley Field. "It's my biggest goal to play in the National Hockey League".

Patrick scored 92 goals and 205 points in 163 career games with Brandon.

"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said. Callan Foote, who went to Tampa Bay at No. 14, is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.