The Vegas Golden Knights have officially signed their last roster player and that is defenseman Nate Schmidt. After an arbitration hearing that seen Schmidt win, which was also the first time someone has won an arbitration case since 2015.
Nate was awarded a two-year deal worth $2.15 million for 2017-18 and $2.3 million for 2018-19. The total works out to $4.45 million with a cap hit of $2,225,000 per season. Selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in this year’s expansion draft from the Washington Capitals. Nate has really started to grow into a top four defenseman in the NHL.
NEWS: We have signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year contract.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) August 6, 2017
During his time with Washington, Schmidt has totaled eight goals and 35 assists for 43 points in 200 career games along with 48 penalty minutes and a plus 36 rating. He has also spent some time in the AHL where in 65 games he has put up six goals and 20 assists for 26 points along with 20 penalty minutes and a minus 11 rating.
The undrafted defenseman will be a top four defenseman for the Knights who will have a very competitive first season in the NHL with the solid roster they had selected. And they are getting a very solid d-man in Nate who will eat up a ton of minutes for the team and help them around every area of the ice.