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Cody Glass Becomes 1st Pick by Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 NHL Draft

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 21: Cody Glass #8 of the Portland Winterhawks skates against the Kelowna Rockets on January 21, 2017 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Marissa Baecker/Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights have their first rookie draft pick. 

Vegas selected center Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks during Thursday's draft in Chicago with the No. 6 overall pick.

This comes after the NHL's newest team made its expansion draft selections during Wednesday's awards show. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2016-17, headlined the expansion draft selections.

The Golden Knights had a viewing party at T-Mobile Arena and shared the reaction when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced it was their turn to pick:

The team was also appreciative of Chicago's United Center for the music choice leading up to the glass selection:

Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights

Leading up to our first pick, the arena is playing "Mr. Brightside," from Vegas locals @thekillers. Nice touch, United Center👌

Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun noted Glass was seen as more of a second- or third-round pick just one year ago until he exploded onto the scene with 92 points (32 goals) in his most recent season.

"I don't think I was a real high prospect to start the year," Glass said, per Wyman. "I just wanted to play the way I knew I could and prove to people that I am a top player and I think that's what I did all year."

The NHL shared some of his head-turning highlights and scoring ability:

NHL @NHL

"Wherever I get picked, I'm just going to try to prove them right." 1st round of the #NHLDraft. Tomorrow at 7 ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet. https://t.co/x9gEJ0eKqu

Glass is just 18 years old and, like his expansion team, will likely need some time to blossom into a force at the NHL level. However, the potential is there for the center to become a go-to scorer for Vegas down the line when it is ready to compete for a postseason spot in the Western Conference's Pacific Division.

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