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Getting To Know The Golden Knights Draft Picks

The team made 12 selections this weekend in Chicago

by Cutler Klein @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Just two days after selecting 30 players in the Expansion Draft to serve as the first Golden Knights, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee laid the foundation for the franchise's future with 12 selections in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.

While most of these prospects won't make their NHL debuts for at least a year or two, they'll become the backbone of the franchise as the team looks to grow from an expansion team to a perennial playoff contender.

So, who are these young Golden Knights? Here's some fun facts about all of Vegas' draft selections: 

Cody Glass, Forward

Selected in the first round (sixth overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 178 pounds

 

Video: Golden Knights draft F Cody Glass No. 6

 

About Cody:

- Led Portland Winterhawks (WHL) in points in the 2016-17 season with 94 (32 G, 62 A) and assists with 62 in 69 games played

- Represented Team Canada at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship, getting 3 points (2 G, 1 A) in three games played

-Went to high school with Golden Knights prospect Keegan Kolesar, acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the 45th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

 

Video: Cody Glass on joining the Golden Knights

 

Nick Suzuki, Forward

Selected in the first round (13th overall)

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 183 punds

 

Video: Golden Knights draft F Nick Suzuki No. 13

 

About Nick:

- Led Owen Sound Attack (OHL) in points during 2017 OHL Playoffs with 23 (8G, 15 A)

- Represented Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, getting three points (1 G, 2 A) in four games

- Won William Hanley Trophy in 2017 as the most sportsmanlike player in OHL

 

Video: Nick Suzuki speaks after being taken 13th overall

 

Erik Brannstrom, Defenseman

Selected in the first round (15th overall)

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 179 pounds

 

Video: Vegas chose defenseman Erik Bransstrom 15th overall

 

About Erik:

- Had six points (1 G, 5 A) in 35 games played with HV 71 (Swedish Hockey League) in the 2016-17 season

-Won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2016 World Under-18 Championship

- Models his play after Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, per NHL Central Scouting

 

Video: Draft-dagsintevju: Brännström

 

Nicolas Hague, Defenseman

Selected in the second round (34th overall)

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 207 pounds

 

Video: Hague was drafted in the second round, 34th overall

 

About Nicolas:

-Led all Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) defensemen in goals (18) and points (46) in 65 games played during the 2016-17 season

-Had 107 penalty minutes in 2016-17, the fifth-highest total in the OHL

-Won Bobby Smith Trophy as OHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 2016

 

Jake Leschyshyn, Forward

Selected in the second round (62nd overall)

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 189 pounds

 

Video: Jake Leschyshyn talks about being drafted by Vegas

 

About Jake:

-Had 40 points (17 G, 23 A) in 47 games played during 2016-17 season and finished tied for second on Pats with two shorthanded goals

- Won a gold medal with Canada White at 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

- His father, Curtis Leschyshyn, won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and skated in 1,033 career NHL games with Nordiques, Avalanche, Capitals, Whalers, Hurricanes, Wild, and Senators

 

 Video: Jake Leschyshyn was taken 62nd overall

 

Jonas Rondbjerg, Forward

Selected in the third round (65th overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 194 pounds

 

About Jonas:

-Had 31 points (9 G, 22 A) in 42 games for Vaxjo Jr. in 2016-17 season

-Won bronze medal with Denmark at 2017 Division IA U18 World Championship, named top player on team

 

Maksim Zhukov, Goaltender

Selected in the fourth round (96th overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 194 pounds

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Zhukov, 17, has played in the U.S. since he joined @GamblersHockey at age 16 last summer. pic.twitter.com/8VakleadLa

 

About Maksim:

-Had a 2.25 GAA and 0.913 SV% in 31 games played for the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) in the 2016-17 season

-Says his hockey idol is 2017 Vezina Trophy Winner Sergei Bobrovsky, per NHL Central Scouting

 

Lucas Elvenes, Forward

Selected in the fifth round (127th overall)

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 172 pounds

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We have selected forward Lucas Elvenes with the 127th overall pick. pic.twitter.com/NpQpqAalh9

 

About Lucas:

-Had 45 points (15 G, 30 A) in 41 games for Rogle BK Jr. in the 2016-17 season

- His father, Stefan, was drafted 71st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and played 22 years of professional hockey in Sweden and Denmark

 

Jack Dugan, Forward

Selected in the fifth round (142nd overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 185 pounds

 

 Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We're Vegas, we don't slow down. We just took forward Jack Dugan 142nd overall in the fifth round. pic.twitter.com/fDuP8BFnDP

 

About Jack:

-Had 93 points (32 G, 61 A) in 47 games in the 2016-17 season for Northwood School (Lake Placid, NY)

-Committed to play for the USHL's Chicago Steel in 2017 and NCAA's Providence Friars starting in 2018

 

Nick Campoli, Forward

Selected in the sixth round (158th overall)

Height: 5'11''

Weight: 190

 

About Nick:

-Had 32 points (9 G, 23 A) in 20 games played for the North York Rangers (OJHL) in the 2016-17 season

-Will play for the Clarkson University Golden Knights in the NCAA in 2017-18

 

Jiri Patera, Goaltender

Selected in the sixth round (161st overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 209 pounds

 

About Jiri:

-Had 2.61 GAA and 0.932 SV% in 38 games played for Ceske Budejovice Jr. in the 2016-17 season

-Will play for HC Ceske Budejovice in the 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League in 2017-18

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Rapid fire, we just took 2 more players at 158 & 161 in the 6th round.Nick Campoli (center)Jiri Patera (goalie)

 

Ben Jones, Forward

Selected in the seventh round (189th overall)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 187 pounds

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Ben Jones (189th) rounds out our picks in the #nhldraft. pic.twitter.com/1ikgaQ6kLi

 

About Ben:

-Had 50 points (13 G, 37 A) in 63 games played for the Niagara IceDogs (OHL) in the 2016-17

-Won the OHL Cup with the Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) in 2015

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