After trading Nathan Beaulieu last week and losing Alexei Emelin in the expansion draft, The Montreal Canadiens have made a move to add depth back to the left side of their defence. General manager Marc Bergevin has acquired David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2019 fifth round draft pick. The Knights took Schlemko from the San Jose Sharks in the expansion draft. The team announced the move on their twitter account.
Canadiens acquire defenseman David Schlemko from Las Vegas, in return for a 5th round pick in 2019. DETAILS -> https://t.co/fVcJsv3m70.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 22, 2017
David Schlemko Traded to the Montreal Canadiens
Schlemko, 30, signed a four year deal with the Sharks, at a $2.1 million AAV, last off-season. He put up two goals and 18 points in 62 games with San Jose. In his career, Schlemko has played 360 NHL games, scoring 17 goals and 87 points.
His advanced stats compare favorably to the departed Alexei Emelin.
Schelmko > Emelin. At half the price.
Bergevin is on a hot streak. pic.twitter.com/5W3vJEo6GW
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 22, 2017
Schlemko has also played for the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils. He was an undrafted free agent when he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Arizona Coyotes, where he was then assigned to the Arizona Sundogs.
Schlemko has also played in 129 games in the AHL during his career for the San Antonio Rampage and Portland Pirates respectively. He also spent just short of two seasons, 72 games in total, playing in the CHL for the Arizona Sundogs, where he accumulated 13 goals and 49 total points.