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When Your Team Doesn't Play Until Next Year, You Practice The Draft

10/06/2016 at 4:17pm EDT

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

June 20, 2017, is coming and George McPhee promises he is going to be ready.

The general manager for the Las Vegas NHL expansion team has had the date circled on his calendar ever since he accepted the job July 12. That’s the day Las Vegas has to turn in its 30 selections, one from each team, for the NHL expansion draft.

The first of what will be several mock drafts will be held Saturday and Sunday at the team’s temporary offices in Summerlin. McPhee and his professional scouts along with other members of the team’s hockey operations staff will meet and go through the process of selecting players.

“It’s a chance for us to get comfortable with the procedure and the rules,” McPhee said Wednesday after the groundbreaking ceremonies for the team’s headquarters and practice facility adjacent to Downtown Summerlin. “It’s our first time doing this so there are going to be a lot of questions and get a feel for what the process is like.”

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