The Golden Knights courted David Schlemko in the expansion draft, but the veteran rearguard was promptly redirected to Montreal in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Habs GM Marc Bergevin has reshaped the blue line in a major way, bidding adieu to Andrei Markov -- who had been the longest tenured player in franchise history -- and adding a clamp-down defenseman in Karl Alzner, among others, through free agency. While Schlemko isn't nearly as established as the aforementioned names, he could be rendered serviceable in Montreal by proving the 112 blocked shots he picked up as a Shark last season were no fluke. A healthy Schlemko should yield approximately one point for every four games played, though staying healthy hasn't come easy for the Alberta native as he's suited up for just 135 contests over the last two years. Overall, Schlemko's a steady but unspectacular fantasy option.
Schlemko was traded to the Canadiens after a brief stop in Vegas in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick Thursday. Schlemko was one of 13 defensemen taken by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, and now he'll head to Montreal for the 2017-18 campaign. With the Sharks last year, the blueliner notched two goals and 16 helpers in addition to blocking 112 shots. The 30-year-old's ice time dipped a little while he was in San Jose (16:45), but he should see his minutes increase under coach Claude Julien.
Schlemko is headed to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports. Vegas GM George McPhee stated Tuesday that some of the defensemen he selects will be moving to another team, so there's no guarantee that Schlemko will spend this upcoming season in the desert. The veteran defender posted just a pair of goals to go along with 16 assists in 62 games for San Jose last season. Schlemko carries a $2.1 million cap hit for the next three seasons and will represent nothing more than a depth option no matter where he ends up.
Schlemko picked up a power-play goal and an assist in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Edmonton. San Jose managed just three shots on goal in the third period, one of which was Schlemko's tally with the extra man. The lack of offense was understandable with the team already nursing a 6-0 lead, but picking up his second career playoff goal must have felt good nonetheless for the journeyman blueliner. Schlemko still hasn't skated more than 17 minutes in a game this series, so he's unlikely to contribute much in non-blowout situations.
Schlemko (lower body) will suit up against the Stars on Monday, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports. Schlemko, who has been sidelined for the Sharks' previous eight contests, was starting to get on a roll before getting hurt, as he had tallied four helpers in six outings. It is unclear who the 29-year-old will bounce from the lineup, but Dylan DeMelo should probably be considered the leading candidate to serve as a healthy scratch.
Schlemko (lower body) is not quite ready to return, so the Sharks will be without him against the Ducks on Saturday, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports. The folks within the Sharks community continue to hold out hope that Schlemko will be fit to return soon. He's about to miss his eighth straight contest, though, keeping Dylan DeMelo employed on the third pair with Brenden Dillon.
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