CHICAGO -- Cody Glass was the first selection of the Vegas Golden Knights, at No. 6 in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas on Friday.
"Moving forward, I think they'll have a good team," the center said at United Center. "I'm really lucky to be part of it."
Glass (6-foot-2, 177 pounds) was No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters. He was tied for seventh in the Western Hockey League with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 games for Portland.
Vegas selected 30 NHL players in the Expansion Draft on Wednesday.
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"As a hockey fan, I was really looking forward to seeing how they'd pick their team," Glass said. "I thought they picked really well and I think they'll have a really good team."
With the No. 13 pick, acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, the Golden Knights selected Owen Sound center Nick Suzuki (5-11, 183), who was No. 10 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters. He was fourth in goals (45) and fifth in points (96) in the Ontario Hockey League.
At No. 15, a pick acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Vegas selected defenseman Erik Brannstrom (5-9, 179) from HV 71 in Sweden. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in 35 games in the Swedish Hockey League and was No. 9 in Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters.