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Vegas Golden Knights add to developing roster with three first-rounders

June 24 2017 3:26 AM

Cody Glass is Vegas' newest golden boy. 

Glass was the first of three first-round selections for the NHL's newest franchise – the Vegas Golden Knights – on Friday at the United Center.

The 18-year-old, who ranked seventh in Canada's Western Hockey League last season with 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 games with Portland, has been compared by scouts to Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron. 

In addition to selecting Glass sixth overall, the Golden Knights took the versatile Nick Suzuki at 13 and defenseman Erik Brannstrom with the 15th pick. 

Suzuki, who will not turn 18 until August, finished this past season with 45 goals in 65 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack. 

Brannstrom, a native of Sweden, is undersized by traditional standards but has a powerful shot, drawing comparisons to the Winnipeg Jets' Toby Enstrom. 

General manager George McPhee has been a busy man this week after poaching one player from each of the 30 other teams around the league in Wednesday's Expansion Draft.

With the selections of Glass, Suzuki, and Brannstrom along with the likes of veterans Marc Methot, James Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas is putting together a solid roster for their first season. 

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