The Vegas Golden Knights got one of their key expansion draft additions under contract, as defender Nate Schmidt was awarded a two-year deal with an average annual value of $2.25 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The Golden Knights had requested a two-year deal, $1.95-million deal for Schmidt, while the defenceman’s camp preferred a different setup.
Schmidt suited up for 60 games with the Washington Capitals last season, registering three goals and 17 points after posting 16 points through 72 games one year prior. He became a key part of the Capitals’ post-season efforts, taking the ice for 11 playoff games and thriving as one of the club’s key puck-movers on the back end.
Originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent back in 2013, the 26-year-old rearguard joined the Golden Knights in June as one of the team’s most promising expansion draft additions.