NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils pulled off the biggest trade of Sunday’s NHL draft when they acquired goaltender Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the ninth pick. The Canucks then selected Canadian center Bo Horvat at the Prudential Center.
Schneider, 27, immediately seems in line to be the eventual successor to Martin Brodeur in net. Schneider was on the market after the Canucks were unable to dump high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.
Brodeur, 41, is the NHL’s career wins leader and has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, 2003).
Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche made 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon the first pick of the draft. MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound center, and Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby are both from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
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Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller, from Winterthur, Switzerland, was selected by the San Jose Sharks with the 18th pick in the first round.
Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore was selected by the Anaheim Ducks with the 26th overall pick.
Everett defenseman Ben Betker was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round with the 158th overall pick.
• The Chicago Blackhawks traded center Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. His departure allowed Chicago to sign left wing Bryan Bickell to a four-year deal.
• The Phoenix Coyotes agreed to a six-year contract with goalie Mike Smith that will average around $5.7 million per year.
• The Pittsburgh Penguins and star defenseman Kris Letang are close to agreeing on an eight-year, $58 million contract extension, ESPN.com reported.