Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

The Philadelphia Flyers then grabbed center Nolan Patrick with the second selection. "You can't describe it".

Over the course of this season, Cody Glass has moved from being a prospect ranked outside the first round to being a key component of the Portland Winterhawks' success and a potential top-five pick. Defensemen Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall to Dallas) and Cale Makar (No. 4 to Colorado) and right wing Owen Tippett (No. 10 to Florida) were the only exceptions.

Mitchell, 18, played for the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season.

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Chicago Blackhawks veteran Marian Hossa will not play during the 2017-18 National Hockey League season due to a skin condition he suffers from and the side effects of the medication he takes to treat it. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in almost three decades, finishing with a 28-40-14 record.

The NHL will announce later today that the league will sponsor studies at five US colleges to examine the feasibility of a Division I hockey program on those campuses, according to an NHL source.

Attendees at the press conference are to include NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey's Mathieu Schneider, Terry Pegula, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman and Blackhawks president John McDonough, according to the NHL source.

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"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said.

While the 38-year-old still has four years remaining on his contract with the Blackhawks, between the severity of the condition and necessity of its treatment, it's possible that Hossa has laced up his skates for the final time. "Obviously, it's an historic day, and to be part of the Vegas organization is unbelievable".

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