Vegas Golden Knights Trade Simulator: Reilly Smith Edition

Reilly Smith for the Vegas Golden Knights. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Reilly Smith for the Vegas Golden Knights. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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Vegas Golden Knights Trade Simulator

So, I know I set the table for this article, but it’s time to actually get into everything. In this part of the Trade Simulator, I will break down multiple different trade scenarios, and give a breakdown on the players that we may receive from them.

Columbus Blue Jackets Mock Trade

Vegas Golden Knights Receive: Yegor Chinakhov

Columbus Blue Jackets Receive: Reilly Smith


The Vegas Golden Knights are in a good spot with their current lineup, but they have to make a move. I can’t stress that enough- this is non-negotiable- they have to make a move. So that means having to trade Reilly Smith.

With Smith’s talent, and contract situation, you’re not going to be able to get much for him. However, if they are able to snag a prospect who’s noted as a potential great scorer, then it could be a very good trade.

Who is Yegor Chinakhov?

So, I’m sure you’re curious as to who this Yegor Chinakhov is. Well, lucky for you and me both, The Athletic’s, Corey Pronman, had a scouting report on him. This is what he had to say about him.

"“Chinakhov had a successful season, playing a notable role as a teenager on the eventual KHL champions. He has a lot of offensive talent. He possesses great puck skills, showing he could beat defensemen with his puck handling and create chances through individual effort. He’s a good playmaker who can create from the flank due to his vision, but his shot is his main offensive weapon. Chinakhov can score from range and, combined with his other assets, is a true threat on the power play. The only real concern I have is a lack of great speed and pace. I see flashes of him being able to push the pace but those flashes are infrequent. Without more speed in his game I see a full-time bottom-six winger.” -Corey Pronman"

Vegas Golden Knights Receive: 2022 Third-Round Pick

Columbus Blue Jackets Receive: Reilly Smith


This trade here results in the Vegas Golden Knights getting a pick back for Reilly Smith. Smith has been a very good player for the Knights this season so they may be able to get a higher pick for him, but I’d say it’s unlikely. As I stated above, trading him away is a must and that means teams are going to take advantage of that matter.