Devils select Swiss center Nico Hischier with No. 1 pick

"I can't thank Mike Johnston and the coaching staff (enough) and I think just confidence is a huge thing for me too". Similarly to Glass, Suzuki had a monster year after a 2015-16 season that paled in comparison.

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

"It was exciting", Glass said. Glass and Suzuki, in particular, were regarded as two of the best offensive centers in their respective leagues and Brannstrom was touted as one of the most complete defenders in the entire draft. "That's my main goal".

The following day's picks followed a similar pattern, with the Golden Knights selecting with nine of their 10 remaining picks - one of their second round selections was sent to Columbus in exchange for 20-year-old forward prospect Keegan Kolesar, likely destined for the Chicago Wolves.

Jokiharju, 6-0, 170 pounds from Tampre, Finland, was the sixth Finnish player drafted during Friday's first round. 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.

"It's a tremendous honor to be selected in the first round of the National Hockey League draft". "Obviously, it's an historic day, and to be part of the Vegas organization is unbelievable".

The NHL stage belongs to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils. "We're tremendously proud of both of them, and the Golden Knights and Blackhawks will be getting not only a quality hockey players, but fantastic young men as well".

Glass is just 18 years old and, like his expansion team, will likely need some time to blossom into a force at the National Hockey League level.

Amidst whispers that Vegas would package their picks to move up in the draft, McPhee instead opted for a broader approach and made three strong selections in the first round: Portland Winterhawks center Cody Glass, Owen Sound Attack center Nick Suzuki and HV71 defenseman Erik Brannstrom.

Ten of the top 13 picks were listed as centers.

Tri-City center Michael Rasmussen was taken ninth by Detroit. Callan Foote, who went to Tampa Bay at No. 14, is the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote. McPhee had both prospects rated very high on his draft board, according to several National Hockey League sources. Winterhawks eligible to be drafted include defenseman Brendan De Jong, center Ryan Hughes and winger Skyler McKenzie who were rated by in the final 2017 NHL Central Scouting rankings.