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Brayden McNabb Selected by Golden Knights at NHL Expansion Draft

26-year-old defenseman heads to Las Vegas after spending the past three seasons with the LA Kings

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The Vegas Golden Knights selected Brayden McNabb from the LA Kings at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

The 26-year-old defenseman had spent the past three seasons with the Kings, scoring 42 points during that span (six goals, 36 assists). McNabb also registered 491 hits while in Los Angeles, including 206 hits during the 2015-16 season.

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He was originally acquired from the Buffalo Sabres along with the contract of Jonathan Parker and two second round draft picks (which later became Alex Lintuniemi and Erik Cernak) for Nicolas Deslauriers and the rights to prospect Hudson Fasching at the 2014 trade deadline.

Ahead of the Expansion Draft, the Kings protected Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Drew Doughty, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin and Jonathan Quick, leaving McNabb, among others, exposed for the Golden Knights to select.

Per LA Kings Insider, the move offers the Kings a bit of cap flexibility for the upcoming season:

"Secondly, this gives Los Angeles a little bit of cap relief. Though other teams will receive more relief by virtue of Vegas' selection, putting the defenseman's cap hit back in the overall pool is significant. McNabb was due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018, and carries with him a $1.7-million cap hit. With his departure, the Kings would have $64.31-million committed to 16 players who are currently under contract for 2017-18, based on financials provided by Cap Friendly."

The Golden Knights full roster was revealed during the 2017 NHL Award Show.

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