With teams needing to finalize their 23 man rosters, some of their roster players from last years were placed on waivers. And for the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins, they were not as lucky as others. The Bruins lost G Malcolm Subban to the Vegas Golden Knights, and the defenseman the Colorado Avalanche were bound to claim became Stars D Patrik Nemeth.
The Avs were expected to go with Chris Bigras and Anton Lindholm, two young guys, for their third pairing, but they were also expected to pick up a defenseman just in case. At 25 years of age, Nemeth is also fairly young. He was waived because the Stars decided to go with John Klingberg, Marc Methot, Esa Lindell, Dan Hamhuis, Greg Pateryn, Stephen Johns, Julius Honka and Jamie Oleksiak as their eight defensemen. They\’d obviously rather go with an extra forward and two extra defensemen than three extra defensmen and no extra forwards.
Nemeth, 25, played in a career high 40 games last year, but only scored three points, all assists. In 108 career, all for the Stars, Nemeth has only 14 points, and somehow they are all assists. He\’s going for his first NHL goal this year.
The Golden Knights, before they even had a name, and were just referred to as \”The Vegas Team,\” were expected to go after Subban in the expansion draft. But, he was never able to get the job done. Last season, he was passed on the Bruins depth chart by Zane McIntyre, who\’s now behind just backup Anton Khudobin and starter Tuuka Rask. So, it makes sense that the B\’s waived him.
Subban, 23, played in just 31 minutes of a game last year, allowing three goals on 16 shots (5.81 GAA, .813 SV%). He\’s never played in a full NHL game. He\’s just played in two games, and just 31 minutes of them each. He\’s allowed six goals on 22 shots (.727 SV%, 5.81 GAA) in his NHL career.