Golden Knights sign three first-round picks

Cody Glass, third from right, wears a Vegas Golden Knights jersey after being selected by the team in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The Vegas Golden Knights announced Saturday that its three first-round draft picks have all signed three-year, entry-level contracts. Forwards Cody Glass and Nick Suzuki and defenseman Erik Brannstrom were all selected in the first 15 picks of last month’s NHL Draft, with Glass being taken sixth overall, Suzuki 13th and Brannstrom 15th.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Golden Knights organization as we signed three of our top prospects,” Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said in the release. “Cody, Nick and Erik have demonstrated exceptional skill and hockey sense playing at their current levels. We will look for these players to continue to exhibit the hard work necessary to further their development and continue their positive career trajectories.”

Glass, a 6-foot-2 center, played three seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Last season he tallied 32 goals and 62 assists during the regular season, along with 36 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +31. Glass also played in 11 postseason games for the Winterhawks, contributing four goals and five assists as Portland reached the second round before being eliminated by Kelonwa in five games.

Suzuki played two seasons with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League before being selected 13th overall, tallying 45 goals and 51 assists in 2016-17. Suzuki also accounted for ten penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +51 during the regular season. The 5-foot-11 center led the Attack with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 17 playoff games as the Attack reached the Western Conference final.

Brannstom, a 5-foot-9 defenseman, has played the last two seasons with HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Brannstrom finished the season with six points, one goal and five assists, and a plus/minus of +10 as he helped HV 71 win the SHL title.

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