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Brayden McNabb Provided One-of-a-Kind Play To Golden Knights, Earned Extention

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Welcome back to Vegas Hockey Now’s season in review series where we look at every player on the Vegas Golden Knights and their 2021-22 season from Michael Amadio to Zach Whitecloud.

You can catch up on the series here: Michael AmadioReilly SmithJonas RondbjergKeegan KolesarRobin LehnerAlex Pietrangelo, Nolan PatrickShea TheodoreJake LeschyshynMark StoneMax PaciorettyLaurent BrossoitMattias JanmarkWilliam CarrierJack EichelNicolas RoyChandler Stephenson, Jonathan MarchessaultBen HuttonDylan Coghlan, Nicolas Hague, Zach Whitecloud, Brett Howden, Alec Martinez, and William Karlsson.

Today’s player is Brayden McNabb, the second to last player we have in our series.

BRAYDEN McNABB

Brayden McNabb Vegas Golden Knights official 2021-22 headshot

Stats: 69 GP 3-5-18 PTS
Contract: 3 years left, $2.85 million (M-NTC)
Games Missed: 13
Status: Healthy
VHN’s Grade: B+

Overall Thoughts

I have a confession to make. Before I was hired for Vegas Hockey Now I knew little about Brayden McNabb. I visualized him as a mediocre depth defenseman with not much else going for him. I’ll be the first to admit that my expectations for McNabb were low and that I was completely wrong about him.

McNabb is one of the most important members to the Vegas Golden Knights, and provides play like no other. His rugged style of play is irreplaceable on defense with his ability to throw the body, kill penalties, or just simply play overall solid defensive hockey.

He and Chandler Stephenson are perhaps the two most underrated Golden Knights and deserve much more credit for what they do in this organization. Kelly McCrimmon and the VGK have him locked down too as in __ he signed a three-year contract extension.

Highlights

Despite not being an offensive defenseman, McNabb put up solid offensive numbers with the Golden Knights in 2021-22. He scored three goals and 15 assists for 18 points which is a new career best for McNabb with the Golden Knights.

In terms of other stats, McNabb was third on the team in both plus-minus with a +10, and penalty minutes with 42. He was first in both blocked shots with 179, and third in hits with 154.

McNabb’s thunderous hip-checks are without-a-doubt where most of his highlights come from.

What’s Next?

It’s really hard to ask more out of Brayden McNabb, and thankfully in 2022-23, his role is expected to go back down to where it normally is as the VGK hopefully enter the season fully healthy on defense. McNabb’s three-year extension that features a modified no-trade clause keeps him safe from any NHL trade rumors as the Golden Knights try and get salary cap compliant to officially sign Reilly Smith.

McNabb solidifies a solid veteran group on defense for the Golden Knights alongside Alex Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez, and Shea Theodore. This could potentially make one of the Golden Knight’s younger defenseman such as Nicolas Hague available this offseason which has been rumored as of late.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now and writes for the Boulder City Review-Journal. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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