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Golden Knights unveil Expansion Draft picks

Marc-Andre Fleury from Penguins, Nate Schmidt from Capitals complete list of 30 selections

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- And finally, the Vegas Golden Knights have a team.

The Golden Knights made their 30 selections in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday and added seven more players and 10 draft picks acquired through 10 trades.

Here is a look at the 30 players and an analysis of Vegas' picks, trades and what it all means:

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The RoundUp

2017 NHL Awards roundup

Connor McDavid wins Hart Trophy as League MVP

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Welcome to the 2017 NHL Awards presented by T-Mobile. Ten awards were given out Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Check out all the winners and highlights from the ceremony.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights choose 30 players, announce 10 trades at Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal among those selected by Vegas

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, former 40-goal scorer James Neal and center Jonathan Marchessault were among the 30 players selected by the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday.

Vegas also acquired 10 draft picks, three in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, over the next four years to help it build for the future.

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NHL Awards

Connor McDavid of Oilers wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Center, 20, is third-youngest to receive honor, led League in scoring in second season

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Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers won the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

The 20-year-old center is the third-youngest player in League history to win the Hart. Wayne Gretzky (1980) and Sidney Crosby (2007) each won the award at age 19. The other finalists were Crosby and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. 

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights seem to achieve twin objectives at Expansion Draft

Select players to be competitive right away, acquire draft picks to build contender

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- After the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, thousands of fans flooded the floor of T-Mobile Arena for a round table of the Vegas Golden Knights. General manager George McPhee sat onstage and listed the great experiences of his hockey career.

"The Stanley Cup is going to be up there," he said.

Yeah, he said it. He used the "Stanley Cup" and "is" in the same sentence, as if a championship were destined. The fans cheered.

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NHL Awards

Connor McDavid of Oilers has big night at NHL Awards

Wins Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, voted to First All-Star Team

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Connor McDavid's breakout season was recognized with a hardware hat trick at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday.

The Edmonton Oilers captain was the focal point for the League's celebration of the 2016-17 season when he was named winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL player judged to be most valuable to his team, and the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player in the regular season as voted by the members of the NHL Players' Association.

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NHL Awards

Sergei Bobrovsky of Blue Jackets wins Vezina Trophy

Receives honor as top NHL goalie for second time in career after setting Columbus record with 41 wins

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- In a sport of many one-goal games, this one was a rout. 

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets breezed to his second career Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, NHL general managers voting him the League's best goaltender for 2016-17.

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NHL Awards

Auston Matthews of Maple Leafs wins Calder Trophy

Center led NHL rookies in goals, points, shots on goal

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews remembers well the nerves he felt when he was getting ready to go to Buffalo last June for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Fast-forward a year later when Matthews, 19, was experiencing a different type of nerves on stage at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday to accept the Calder Trophy after being the near-unanimous winner, receiving 164 of 167 first-place votes.

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NHL Awards

Brent Burns of Sharks wins Norris Trophy

Voted best NHL defenseman for first time after leading League in goals, points at his position

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- At his core, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, who won the Norris Trophy as the top defenseman in the NHL at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday, is a hockey fan and an insatiable student of the game.

If there is a game on involving Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson or another featuring Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, you can be sure Burns will be watching.

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Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury wants to help Golden Knights, game grow

Goaltender, selected from Penguins in Expansion Draft, out to boost Vegas, local youth hockey

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury didn't expect it, that standing ovation, the fans inside T-Mobile Arena chanting his last name.

"I was just going on the stage to give a quick wave and get out of there," the goaltender said after the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday. "That was a warm welcome. I'm very excited about it."

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Expansion Draft

Losing James Neal in Expansion Draft tough reality for Predators

GM David Poile says price to keep Golden Knights from taking forward was 'just too high'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The tough reality of losing forward James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday set in for Nashville Predators general manager David Poile.

After Poile was rewarded for his work in helping the Predators reach their first Stanley Cup Final by being selected General Manager of the Year, he saw the Golden Knights take Neal as one of their 30 choices in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile.

"That hurts. We're down a man," Poile said.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights by the numbers

30 players chosen in Expansion Draft create roster similar to rest of NHL

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- The team the Vegas Golden Knights selected Wednesday in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile has some immediate credibility in both the high-profile nature of some of the players and the underlying numbers related to the 30-man roster.

The Golden Knights chose one player from each of the other 30 NHL teams and wound up similar to them in experience, height, weight and age.

Here is a look, by the numbers, at the team announced at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the Golden Knights, who play their first NHL game Oct. 6 at the Dallas Stars.

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NHL Awards

Bryan Bickell honored at NHL Awards, receives donation

Retired forward returned to play for Hurricanes after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Bryan Bickell knew he was coming to Las Vegas to be honored at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday for courageously coming back to play for the Carolina Hurricanes after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The surprise for Bickell and his wife, Amanda, was the $20,000 joint donation the NHL Foundation and NHL Players' Association made to the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation, which works with rescued pit bulls as service dogs to assist abused children and those with MS.

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NHL Awards

John Tortorella of Blue Jackets wins Jack Adams Award

Coach receives honor for second time in career after helping Columbus set records for wins, points

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John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Jack Adams Award as best coach in the NHL at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

Tortorella, who turns 59 on Saturday, also won the Jack Adams with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. The other finalists were Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers. 

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Press Release

Connor McDavid of Oilers on cover of EA Sports NHL 18

Edmonton center was leading scorer in NHL this season

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled the first look at EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 to hockey fans at the 2017 NHL Awards™ and NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas, and revealed Edmonton Oilers® superstar center and Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid as the athlete on the game's cover.

"Representing NHL 18 as the cover athlete is an incredible honor," said Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers®. "I've played EA SPORTS NHL every year since I was kid. To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire, is very exciting. I can't wait to play NHL 18."

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Trade Coverage

2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker

Official deals since June 14

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Welcome to the 2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the League as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.

 

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Press Release

NHL announces 2016-17 All-Star Teams

Connor McDavid edges Sidney Crosby for most votes, headlines first unit with Brent Burns

by NHLPR @PR_NHL / NHL.com

LAS VEGAS -- Center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2016-17 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. McDavid, a double winner at the 2017 NHL Awards in receiving the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA, led the NHL in scoring with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) as the Oilers posted their best regular-season performance in 30 years.

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NHL Awards

David Poile of Predators wins General Manager of the Year

Built roster that got Nashville to first Stanley Cup Final

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David Poile of the Nashville Predators won General Manager of the Year at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

Voting was conducted among general managers, a panel of League executives and print and broadcast media following the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The other finalists were Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators and Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers. 

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Short Shifts

Penguins make touching video tribute for Marc-Andre Fleury

Pittsburgh selected goalie 14 years before Golden Knights selected him in expansion draft

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Fourteen years to the very day that Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted No. 1   in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was selected again.

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NHL Awards

Craig Anderson of Senators wins Masterton Trophy

Goalie finished season after leaving to be with wife, Nicholle, who was diagnosed with cancer

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Goalie Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators received the Masterton Trophy at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

The award is given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The other finalists were Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan.

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NHL Awards

Johnny Gaudreau of Flames wins Lady Byng Trophy

Left wing led Calgary in points, took two minor penalties in 72 games this season

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Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames won the Lady Byng Trophy at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

The Lady Byng is awarded annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. The other finalists were Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko. 

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news

Marian Hossa unable to play for Blackhawks next season

Forward sidelined by progressive skin disorder, side effects of medication

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play next season because of a progressive skin disorder and side effects of medication to treat it.

Hossa, 38, has experienced allergic reactions to his equipment, Sportsnet reported Tuesday.

Hossa said he has been undergoing treatment for the disorder under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff for the past few years, but the side effects, and his reaction to them, made it impossible for him to play in what would have been his 20th NHL season in 2017-18.

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NHL Awards

Patrice Bergeron of Bruins wins Selke Trophy

Center named best defensive forward in NHL for fourth time in career

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Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins won the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in the NHL at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

Bergeron, 31, who also received the honor in 2012, 2014 and 2015, joined Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Gainey, who presented the award, as the only players to win the Selke four times. The other finalists were Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu.

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Short Shifts

#TBT: Ryan Getzlaf rubs Bobby Ryan's nose in gold medal at NHL Awards

Ducks forward had fun at teammate's expense during 2010 ceremony

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Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan were at each other's throats as members of the Anaheim Ducks, or so a sketch at the 2010 NHL Awards would have had you believe.

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Press Release

2017-18 NHL season begins Oct. 4; Penguins host Blues

League announces home openers; Golden Knights play Coyotes on Oct. 10

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2017-18 regular season. The League's complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET on NHL Network during the live, hour-long NHL Tonight: 2017-18 Schedule Release, where host Steve Mears and analysts E.J. Hradek and Stanley Cup champion John MacLean will announce the regular-season schedule and provide analysis.

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Short Shifts

Flyers bring assault victim in for visit, give him custom jersey

Shayne Gostisbehere, Anthony Stolarz met with Mark Smith

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The Philadelphia Flyers tried to make the best of a terrible situation by inviting one of their fans to hang out for the day.

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NHL Draft

Devils facing tough decision with No. 1 pick in Draft

NHL.com writers make case for taking Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier, trading selection for assets

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CHICAGO -- The New Jersey Devils have options with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

Will they choose Brandon center Nolan Patrick or Halifax center Nico Hischier, or does general manager Ray Shero receive an offer too good to refuse and trade the pick?

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NHL Awards

Ted Lindsay relishes presenting award named for him

Hall of Famer helps give honor to Connor McDavid of Oilers as NHL's most outstanding player, according to peers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Ted Lindsay was sitting at the desk in his hotel room high above the city mid-morning Wednesday, comfortable in a white robe, gazing out at the flat expanse sprawled out below him.

"Who ever dreamed of coming across the desert to start a place here?" he said with a smile, waving at the baked landscape.

During his brief Las Vegas stay, Lindsay had strayed little from his room into the network of casinos, restaurants and high-end stores downstairs.

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This Date in NHL History

June 22: Blackhawks move within one win of Cup

Plus: John Ziegler named NHL President in 1977; Nordiques draft Eric Lindros at No. 1 in 1991

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 22

2013: Right wing Patrick Kane scores two goals to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center, moving them within one win of their second championship in four seasons.

Kane scores late in the first period and early in the second to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cuts it to 2-1 at 3:40 of the third period, but the Bruins can't beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford again, and an empty-net goal by center Dave Bolland wraps up the win, which puts the Blackhawks up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.

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Press Release

NHL Network to exclusively reveal 2017-18 schedule on Thursday

Hour-long show will air at 3 p.m. ET

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On the heels of a historic Stanley Cup Final, NHL Network today announced that it will exclusively reveal the NHL regular season game schedule this Thursday for the first time ever. Prior to its wider distribution by the NHL's now 31 clubs, NHL Network will reveal the league-wide schedule during the hour-long NHL Tonight: 2017-18 Schedule Release this Thursday, June 22, live at 3 p.m. ET.

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