The Vegas Golden Knights announced the extensions of three players on the afternoon of January 30th, 2022. The first of which is Brayden McNabb. McNabb, a member of the inaugural Golden Knights team as he was selected in the expansion draft signed a three-year extension with an average annual value of 2.85 million dollars. The veteran defense has been vital to the Golden Knights success as a shutdown defenseman. He leads the league in blocked shots with 110 and he also has over 100 hits this season. McNabb’s contributions have helped the Golden Knights be the best team in the pacific division.
Brayden McNabb Career Overview
Brayden McNabb’s NHL career began far away from Sin City and long before the Golden Knights were an NHL franchise. The Buffalo Sabres selected McNabb in the 3rd round, 66th overall in the 2009 NHL draft. McNabb played parts of two seasons for the Sabres. He played 37 games for Buffalo registering just one goal and seven assists. Buffalo had seen enough of McNabb as they packaged him with a second-round pick and sent them to the Los Angeles Kings on March 5th, 2014.
In three seasons with the Kings, McNabb played 201 games scoring six goals and 42 assists. McNabb’s value clearly isn’t his offensive production rather his willingness to put his body on the line. With the Kings, McNabb blocked 205 shots and had 491 hits. The Golden Knights liked what they saw from him and decided they wanted him to be a member of the new franchise.
McNabb has spent the last five seasons with Vegas. He has played in 314 games scoring 15 goals and 42 assists. Once again his value has come with his physicality and nack to get in front of the puck as he has blocked 634 shots and made 824 hits. He ranks first in Golden Knights history for blocked shots and second for hits.
What Role Does Brayden McNabb Play for the Golden Knights?
This season the 31-year-old defensively responsible McNabb has been paired with the two-way defenseman Shea Theodore. McNabb is able to anchor the second defensive pair for the Golden Knights while Theodore is able to jump in the play and produce offense for the Golden Knights. Averaging just under 20 minutes a game McNabb is one of the most important players for the Golden Knights and will continue to be a mainstay of the backend for at least the next three seasons.
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