This season will be full of exciting firsts for the NHL’s newest organization. But with the season more than a month away, the Golden Knights have a first that isn’t very fun.
Defenseman Nate Schmidt has an ankle injury that could limit his availability for training camp.
VGK spokesman on @nateschmidt29 ankle injury severity and if he'll be ready for training camp next month: "We'll know more in a week."
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) August 18, 2017
Training camp starts on September 14, nearly a month away.
Schmidt was scheduled to appear on the Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip in Bozeman, Montana. He will not be appearing Friday, but the event will go on. Schmidt hurt his ankle during his own off-season training.
The young defensemen has been one of the most newsworthy players for Vegas, as he and the team were the only duo in the NHL to go to arbitration. Ultimately, Schmidt was awarded with a two-year contract that will pay him on average $2.225 million per season. That made the 26-year old the fourth highest paid defenseman on the roster.
Schmidt, who has scored four goals and tallied 28 assists over the last two seasons, figures to be a key part of the team in 2016-17 and possibly beyond.