The teams would be “seriously interested” in the trading of Nicolas Hague

The NHL Draft and the start of free agency are fast approaching, and the Vegas Golden Knights are getting ready to take a few steps forward. One of them could involve defender Nicolas Hague.

According to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, at least two Eastern Conference teams are “seriously interested” in acquiring Hague from the Golden Knights. Hague, 23, will become a restricted free agent on July 13.

Like most players on the Golden Knights roster, Hague’s 2021-22 season has been hampered by injuries. After missing nearly a month with a wrist injury in January, Hague also suffered a lower-body injury in March that kept him out for the final quarter of the season.

Despite the injuries, Hague still managed to hit a positive milestone in his third season as an NHL player. With veteran defenseman Alec Martinez also out due to injury, Hague’s average time on the ice skyrocketed to 18:39 per game while playing alongside Alex Pietrangelo. His raw numbers were nothing out of the ordinary – he had just four goals and 14 points in 52 games – but his playing stats were respectable and he set a new career high with 116 shots on goal.

On the one hand, it’s understandable that the Golden Knights are considering a move to The Hague. They are full of talent at the back. Pietrangelo, Martinez, Shea Theodore and Brayden McNabb form a very solid top four, and Zach Whitecloud is proving to be quite a find as an undrafted player.

Still, The Hague brings some serious potential to the table. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 230 pounds, he’s a huge, feisty defender capable of delivering a respectable secondary score from the point. He’s by no means a complete defender, but his size alone makes him a valuable asset at the back, especially shorthanded. And while the Golden Knights need all the cap space they can muster, Hague isn’t expected to earn that much of a raise.


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