The Golden Knights added a potential shut-down defenseman when they plucked Brayden McNabb from the Kings in the expansion draft. The 26-year-old blueliner posted spectacular possession numbers with Los Angeles over the past three years (58.1 Corsi For percentage) and also owns the coveted size (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) to limited opponents. McNabb is unlikely to become a regular offensive contributor in Vegas, so his fantasy value will be tied to his willingness to block shots, throw hits and visit the penalty box. He definitely offers upside in those peripheral categories.
McNabb is expected to be selected from Los Angeles by the Golden Knights on Wednesday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. McNabb offered the perfect combination of age (26) and contract terms ($1.7 million) to make him a solid choice for the start-up franchise. The defenseman logged just 49 contests this season due to injury, in which he garnered only four points. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a sudden influx of scoring from the 26-year-old, but reaching the 20-point mark -- as he did in 2014-15 -- is certainly within the realm of possibility.
McNabb recorded an assist and a plus-5 rating through 16:38 of ice time during Thursday's win over Florida. McNabb is a depth defenseman for the Kings and receives very limited power-play time. Despite beginning 66.0 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone, the 26-year-old rearguard has accumulated just two goals and four points this season. He's off the fantasy grid in most settings.
McNabb (collarbone) has been activated from injured reserve and is eligible to return for Thursday's showdown in Edmonton, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. The removal for IR suggests that McNabb should be ready to play Thursday and he could immediately slot back into one of the Kings' top two defensive pairings. We'll be sure to update his status if he is scratched prior to puck drop, but for now, you should expect to see McNabb back on the LA blue line after a 27-game absence.
McNabb (collarbone) has been medically cleared but needs more practice time before he will be activated off IR, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports. McNabb has not played since late October, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he would need some additional practice time to get his legs back under him. The blueliner has not yet been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against Vancouver, but with practice time at a premium, he may not return until after the New Year.
McNabb (collarbone) is nearing a return and should rejoin the lineup shortly after the Christmas break, LA Kings Insider reports. McNabb has been sidelined since the end of October and continues to work his way back into the lineup but we should have a better idea on his eventual return after the Kings resume practicing following the Christmas break. He has two goals in eight games played this season following last year's 14-point (two goals, 12 assists in 81 games) effort.
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