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Matthews goes first, but trades define draft night

Auston Matthews was selected with the first overall pick, becoming the first American-born top pick since Patrick Kane. Alexander Demianchuk\TASS/Getty Images

As expected, Auston Matthews was the first overall pick in the NHL draft on Friday night.

After his selection, trades dominated the first day of drafting.

Matthews goes first

Matthews became the first American-born player drafted first overall since Patrick Kane in 2007; the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Matthews with the top pick.

Matthews becomes the second No. 1 pick in Maple Leafs history, joining Wendel Clark, who was taken with the top pick in 1985.

In fact, Matthews is the first top-three pick for the Maple Leafs since Scott Thornton in 1989.

Matthews was the first of 12 American-born players drafted in the first round, which Elias notes is an NHL record for Americans selected in the first round of the draft.

Blackhawks continue to ship away talent

The Blackhawks sent Andrew Shaw to the Canadiens. Shaw’s 99 points over the past three seasons are tied for seventh most on the team in that span.

Shaw is the latest of what is becoming a long list of talent shipped away by Chicago to control the team's cap room after extending Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Red Wings officially say goodbye to Datsyuk

In what was largely a salary dump, the Detroit Red Wings traded Pavel Datsyuk to the Arizona Coyotes.

Datsyuk ranks sixth in points in Red Wings history behind five Hall of Famers: Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.

Blues pick Allen over Elliott

The back-and-forth between Jake Allen and Brian Elliott is over for the St. Louis Blues. The Blues traded Elliott to the Calgary Flames for the 35th overall pick in this year’s draft, as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2018.

Did they make the right choice?

Despite Elliott’s regular-season dominance, he struggled in the 2016 playoffs, allowing 2.44 goals per game.

Performance in the playoffs was a consistent problem for him; he had a 15-19 record in the postseason with the Blues and didn’t win a series until this past season.

Even with that new wave of talent from the NHL draft, the trades made Friday night may shape the league's future even more.