Vegas brings in a promising defenseman off waivers

Vegas brings in a promising defenseman off waivers

More than half of the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) valued defenseman Tobias Björnfot off waivers, a former first-round pick, but the Vegas Golden Knights took the chance.

The Kings added the Swede's name to that list on Wednesday. The 22-year-old appeared to be out of head coach Todd McLellan's good graces, having played just one game at the NHL level this season.

After making his Bettman Tour debut in 2019 at the age of 18, Björnfot has only spent one full season in Los Angeles, from 2021 to 2022. The 22nd player selected in the 2019 auction has only amassed 15 points in 117 games, including just one goal.

However, most teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, have not yet decided to sign the young man. He will have the chance to start anew with a force in the West that has nevertheless lost some feathers of late.

The Golden Knights also recalled forward Grigori Denisenko and defenseman Lukas Cormier. The latter comes from New Brunswick and has never played in the NHL.