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Janmark traded to Golden Knights by Blackhawks in three-team deal

Chicago gets two draft picks, Vegas receives minor league defenseman; San Jose gets fifth-round selection in 2022

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Golden Knights acquire Janmark

Mattias Janmark joins Golden Knights

Golden Knights acquire forward Mattias Janmark from Blackhawks for draft picks in three-team deal

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Mattias Janmark was acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday in a three-team trade involving the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks.

Chicago traded the forward for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

The Sharks received a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft from the Golden Knights for minor league defenseman Nick DeSimone.

"I think just fill a spot on that third line for now and then let's see where we can do," Janmark-Nylen said Wednesday. "I think just bring my game is the main point. I mean, they've gotten their picture of me so they are just basically telling me to come in and play my game. And then as far as what they need or whatever, I think that's going to pan out over these first games here. I can kind of get a picture and they'll get a picture of me and then we'll move on from there."

Janmark-Nylen will make his Golden Knights debut when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN 1, NHL.TV).

"You're a little bit on edge, even on the skate today," Janmark-Nylen said. "New teammates ... new equipment, new faces, new surroundings so it's going to be great. It's going to be a little bit of nerves, but I think once the game starts it should be fine and I'm really excited about it so hopefully I can get off to a good start."

Janmark-Nylen has scored 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 41 games this season. The 28-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

"He's had an excellent year in Chicago in an elevated role from what he had in Dallas (last season)," Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "We're really comfortable that he is going to be a good addition to our team and make our team better."

 

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Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (No. 79) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Janmark-Nylen has scored 128 points (56 goals, 72 assists) in 338 regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, and 12 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

"Obviously your players, their value, is impacted by other trades," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "When you find a team that's interested in a player, you may get different value. It wasn't consistent value across the board. You have to find the best match and Mattias has had a very good year, so there were a number of teams calling on him. Ultimately we found the best deal with Vegas and that's why we eventually moved him there."

DeSimone has not played in the NHL. Signed by the Sharks as an undrafted free agent, the 26-year-old has five assists in 14 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League this season.

Chicago also acquired forward Adam Gaudette from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday for forward Matthew Highmore , and forward prospects Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Carl Soderberg .

The Golden Knights (28-11-2) are second in the Honda West Division, four points behind the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sharks (18-19-4), are sixth in the West, four points behind the fourth-place St. Louis Blues.

The Blackhawks (20-18-5) are fifth in the Discover Central Division, four points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators.

The top four teams in each of the four divisions qualify for the playoffs.

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