Two draft picks will be heading to Chicago.
The Golden Knights are getting some bottom-six help.
Vegas is closing in on acquiring forward Mattias Janmark from the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick in this upcoming NHL Draft, and a third-rounder in 2022. Chicago will send Janmark and a fifth-round pick in 2022 to Vegas, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The San Jose Sharks will send an unknown player from their AHL affiliate to Vegas for a 2022 fifth-round pick, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. The pick was originally owned by the Buffalo Sabres; it was acquired in the trade from the Colin Miller deal two seasons ago.
The Golden Knights have been in need of bottom-six help, and Janmark provides that. The forward has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 41 games; eight of those points have come on the power play, and he’s been a stalwart on the penalty kill.
Along with the scoring comes an element of speed, which makes Janmark an excellent addition to the Golden Knights’ third line. Janmark has primarily been on the left, which would give room for Alex Tuch to move back to his traditional right side.
Janmark signed a one-year deal with an AAV of $2.25 million after spending the first four seasons of his NHL career with the Dallas Stars. A third-round pick in 2013 by Detroit, Janmark has proven to be a capable 15-20-goal scorer since recovering from a joint disorder in his knee that cost him his entire 2016-17 season.
This is the second consecutive season the Golden Knights and Blackhawks have worked together on Deadline Day. Chicago, by way of Toronto, traded Robin Lehner to Vegas last February.
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