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Brayden Luke McNabb (born January 21, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected 66th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Brayden McNabb
Brayden McNabb 2018-02-04 2.jpg
McNabb with the Golden Knights in 2018.
Born (1991-01-21) January 21, 1991 (age 28)
Davidson, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 66th overall, 2009
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2011–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

McNabb was selected in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft. He debuted with the Kootenay Ice during their last three games of the 2006–07 season.

In the 2007–08 season, he appeared in 65 games, recording 2 goals and 9 assists for 11 points. Additionally, he had one assist in 10 playoff games for the Ice.

In the 2008–09 season, McNabb played in the style of a defensive-focused defenceman, and his numbers reflected it. In 67 games played, he had 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points, and also accumulated 140 penalty minutes. He also contributed in the playoffs yet again with five assists in four games. In that season, he played in the CHL Top Prospects Game for Team Orr, adding three assists for the squad and going +3 while doing so. He was also a member of Team Canada for the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.,[1] and the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, in which he and his team received a gold medal.[2]

On June 26, 2009, McNabb was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. He attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, a prep school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where he played alongside former Buffalo Sabre Tyler Myers, also a defenceman.[2]

McNabb was the Kootenay Ice captain from 2010–11. He helped lead them to the 2011 Memorial Cup against Owen Sound, where he was suspended one game for elbowing Joey Hishon.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

Buffalo SabresEdit

On May 18, 2011, McNabb was signed by Buffalo to a three-year, entry-level contract.[4][5] He was invited to the Sabres training camp prior to the 2011-12 season.[6]

On November 26, 2011, the Sabres recalled McNabb from their American Hockey League (AHL), the Rochester Americans.[7] He scored his first NHL goal on December 26, 2011, against Tomáš Vokoun of the Washington Capitals.[8] During a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 13, McNabb suffered a concussion and missed eight games to recover.[9]

As a member of the Rochester Americans, McNabb was twice selected for the AHL All-Star Classic, in 2013 and 2014.[10]

 
McNabb during his time with the Kings.

Los Angeles KingsEdit

On March 5, 2014, McNabb (along with teammate Jonathan Parker and two draft picks) were traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for right winger Hudson Fasching and left winger Nicolas Deslauriers.[11] At the end of the 2013–14 season, McNabb became a restricted free agent and was re-signed by the Kings to a two-year contract.[12] On June 4, 2016, McNabb signed a new two-year contract with the Kings.[13]

Vegas Golden KnightsEdit

On June 21, 2017, having been left exposed by the Kings at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, McNabb was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. He became the first player to wear a Golden Knights jersey at the NHL awards show.[14]

On November 29, 2017, the Golden Knights signed McNabb to a four-year, $10 million contract extension worth $2.5 million annually.[15]

International playEdit

McNabb first played at the junior international stage with Canada West at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in 2008. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and later earned a roster spot for the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.

McNabb was invited to take part in Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp, however he failed to make the final roster.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

McNabb's younger brother Dean also plays hockey. He plays for the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kootenay Ice WHL 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Kootenay Ice WHL 65 2 9 11 63 10 0 1 1 10
2008–09 Kootenay Ice WHL 67 10 26 36 140 4 0 5 5 2
2009–10 Kootenay Ice WHL 64 17 40 57 121 6 0 4 4 18
2010–11 Kootenay Ice WHL 59 22 50 72 95 19 3 24 27 37
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 45 5 25 30 31 3 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 1 7 8 15
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 62 5 31 36 50
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 38 7 22 29 45
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 0 0 0 6
2013–14 Manchester Monarchs AHL 14 3 4 7 18 4 0 1 1 2
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 2 22 24 52
2015–16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 2 12 14 92 5 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 2 2 4 54
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 76 5 10 15 52 20 2 3 5 20
2018–19 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 81 4 12 16 52 7 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 395 16 65 81 323 32 2 4 6 30

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Western U17   6 0 0 0 4
2008 Canada IH18   4 0 0 0 2
2009 Canada WJC18 4th 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 16 0 0 0 8

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2009 [18]
East First All-Star Team 2010, 2011 [19]
AHL
All-Star Game 2013, 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prospect Brayden McNabb Player Profile". hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "The McNabb, Myers Connection". sabres.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Crean, Rob (May 26, 2011). "A "WHIRLWIND" MONTH FOR MCNABB". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sabres sign top defensive prospect". BuffaloNews.com. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "SABRES SIGN 2009 DRAFT PICK BRAYDEN McNABB". NHL.com.
  6. ^ "150 WHL PLAYERS INVITED TO NHL TRAINING CAMPS". kelownarockets.com. September 7, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sabres crush Caps to snap slide". cbssports.com. November 26, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2018. defenseman Brayden McNabb's turn after being recalled from Rochester of the AHL,
  8. ^ "Four first-period goals pace Sabres". cbssports.com. December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sabres demote Brayden McNabb to AHL". ESPN.com. February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "AHL ALUMNI TO BATTLE FOR STANLEY CUP". theahl.com. May 27, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Jack N. Goods (2014-03-05). "Sabres trade Brayden McNabb to Kings". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  12. ^ "Los Angeles Kings Agree to Terms with Brayden McNabb and Andy Anderoff". Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  13. ^ "Kings Sign Defenseman Brayden McNabb To A Two-Year Contract". NHL. June 4, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "McNabb first to don new Golden Knights jersey". Sporting News. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  15. ^ "McNabb signs four-year contract with Golden Knights". NHL.com. NHL. November 29, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-02-03.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Pats acquire McNabb from Royals". Regina-Leader Post. September 25, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "McNabb, Brayden - NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". National Hockey League. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  19. ^ "Eastern Conference All-Star Teams". Western Hockey League. 2011-04-05. Archived from the original on 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2011-04-05.

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