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Auston Matthews ready to make his mark

Will the top draft pick be the light who leads the Leafs out of decades of darkness? Matthews, 18, rejects the savior label. "I want to be an impact player," he says, "but hockey's a team game."

Maple Leafs continue rebuild with Matthews (1:03)
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NHL draft tracker

Follow all the picks throughout the 2016 NHL draft.

All kinds of trade offers floating around at NHL draft (3:33)
Red Wings open cap space for Stamkos (0:36)
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NHL Trade Tracker

Here are all the details on all the deals made during the 2015-16 season, including up to the deadline -- and into the summer.

NHL draft preview (2:45)
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Photos: NHL awards from Las Vegas

The NHL awards can be large on cheese and short on teeth, the perfect combination for Las Vegas! So what better way to tell the story than through photos? Behold.


NHL to Vegas, league awards, Draft primer

Scott Burnside and Craig Custance react to the NHL's expansion to Las Vegas, winners of the league awards and P.K. Subban as trade bait. Plus, Oilers C Connor McDavid and Predators D Shea Weber stop by.


How the NHL can make it work in Las Vegas

Building an actual team will only be part of the equation for the league's newest franchise. Players and staff must also create a connection with the community.

Can expansion team in Vegas contend for playoffs? (1:31)
Sam Ho

This is what we'd call the Las Vegas team

With Las Vegas now seemingly in line for an expansion team, here's a look at the suggested nicknames and logos the ESPN.com team came up with for a team in the desert.

Sam Ho

NHL logos redesigned with Vegas flair

Las Vegas and the NHL have been in the news a lot lately -- with the promise of more to come. So it got us thinking: What would today's team logos look like with a Vegas theme?

Young fan challenges legendary enforcer to drop gloves (0:23)
What skates in Vegas stays in Vegas (3:21)
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Our Las Vegas expansion franchise roster

If Vegas were to get a team today, the expansion pool would be fairly good for defensemen and goalies, but for forwards ... not so much. We drafted a team anyway.

NHL Awards excitement (2:49)
Inside the NHL: Expansion, awards and the draft (8:58)
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7dScott Burnside

Vegas vote, Stamkos' status among top 5 NHL storylines

Will the Las Vegas expansion vote pass? Can the Lightning keep Steven Stamkos? Will the draft be another blockbuster? Scott Burnside tackles the top topics heading into what could be a wild week.


Matthews excited to be drafted No. 1

Auston Matthews discusses the excitement of being drafted No. 1 overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. "A lot of sacrifices for me to get to this point ... I believe I can be a franchise centerman."


2016 NHL draft tracker

The 2016 NHL draft saw a record 12 Americans get drafted in the first round. Keep track of all the selections here. NHL draft picks by round

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Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Looking forward to watching Henrik Borgstrom at the U20 camps in a few weeks. Certainly one of the most interesting picks today.

Corey Pronman

Corey Pronman serves up scouting notes and team fits for every first-round pick of the 2016 NHL draft. Pick-by-pick analysis of the NHL draft

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Habs GM Marc Bergevin compared Andrew Shaw to Brendan Gallagher: "they are guys who will drag you into the fight." Loves Shaw's character

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Anaheim selects Sam Steel. A dynamic center who slid this year. Great skater and skill but needs to work on his play off the puck.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Yzerman said he hasn't thought about that to this point but did add he'd rather get an asset than lose him for nothing... (con't)

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

I asked Steve Yzerman that if the time should come where he felt he was out on Stamkos, if he would consider a sign-and-trade (con't)...

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Chayka acknowledges analytics usually against trading up. "Extenuating circumstances... It was tough to pass [Chychrun] at seven."

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Boston selects Trent Frederic. A solid two-way center with size who out works opponents plays the body and has decent skill level.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

So, we're at pick 29 of the first round and it's 10:40 p.m. more than 3 1/2 hours into the event. One word to describe this; bloated.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff talks about the organization's No. 2 overall pick, Patrik Laine.