There was talk about the Golden Knights packaging their three first-round picks - it's a luxury unique to Vegas in the expansion era, owning 20 per cent of the first 15 selections - in an effort to move up to No. 1 or even No. 3 overall, but the chance to begin filling a almost bare prospect cupboard proved too much to pass on.
Glass, from Winnipeg, Manitoba and a star with the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks, was watching the expansion draft unfold on Wednesday night and saw three fellow Manitobans selected by the Golden Knights and it got him thinking. "I was a little surprised by that. He's always happy. I'm excited to play with him".
Forward Connor Brickley and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft went from Carolina to the Golden Knights followed by veteran forward Chris Thorburn from the Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who starred for France in the World Cup of Hockey.
Nobody got more attention than the 32-year-old Fleury, who lost his starting job during last season's playoff run with the back-to-back champion Penguins.
The Golden Knights added a pair of physical defensemen in Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators and Alexei Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens along with Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller, who has registered a slap shot measured at 105 miles per hour.
"Obviously, we've got great fans already, having sold out the season tickets and the reception we had tonight here", Fleury said.
Vegas chose three goalies, 14 forwards and 13 defensemen, including Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brayden McNabb.
"They're way past getting off the ground", Nashville general manager David Poile said. "I think this is by far the best expansion team ever".
The Golden Knights were allowed to reveal certain trades made with other teams to dissuade Vegas from picking particular players, and additional deals are likely to be revealed throughout the week.
Cody Glass was a kid when his family took a trip to Las Vegas.
"My roots are here", Engelland said. But they promptly moved back three spots in a deal with Dallas in the first of three trades announced during the first round. For it to finally happen, it's wonderful.
"I don't think it's daunting, I think it's exciting", said Suzuki.
An aspiring doctor and a first-round National Hockey League draft pick. He wasn't meant to make it to Vegas.
"It was just about him growing up and maturing", McPhee said at the scouting combine.
"I wish so much she was here, but I know she's watching and will always be proud of me", Cody said. "I believe fans are really going to like the team, and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have". NY got the No. 7 pick in a trade with Arizona and selected center Lias Andersson, whose father Niklas played in the league. "It might have been an upgraded draft pick plus a player, all kinds of different situations".
In addition to selecting Glass sixth overall, the Golden Knights took the versatile Nick Suzuki at 13 and defenseman Erik Brannstrom with the 15th pick.
Players born between- January 1, 1997, and September 15, 1999, are eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft selection. At least 20 of those players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season with average annual salaries that add up to at least $43.8 million, or 60 percent of the salary cap for the upcoming season. "I really liked the guys in the room and I started to think I could trust them with my career and where I want to go and what I want to accomplish in hockey".
It could be a few years before Cody Glass is ready to compete on the National Hockey League level and make T-Mobile Arena his home ice, but if fortitude and integrity and the mettle to overcome adversity are qualities that might hasten his advancement, he could be in Las Vegas sooner than most believe.