Making sense of the Golden Knights trades with New Jersey and Washington

The Vegas Golden Knights remodeled their roster, trading Paul Cotter and Loan Thompson. What did they get in return?
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
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The city of Las Vegas was the epicenter of a busy hockey weekend, with the NHL Draft taking center stage at the Sphere. While interested teams were swooping picks up, a couple of major deals involving the hometown team, the Vegas Golden Knights, happened. They traded Paul Cotter and a 2025 third-round pick to the New Jersey Devils for goaltender Akira Schmid and forward Alexander Holtz.

But, wait! There's more!

The Golden Knights traded goaltender Logan Thompson to the Washington Capitals for a 2024 third-round pick (spent on Belarusian goaltender, Pavel Moysevich) and a 2025 third-round pick. Overall, it was a productive weekend for Kelly McCrimmon, who secured younger talent while paving the way for big paydays.

With the looming expiring contracts of beloved stars such as Jack Eichel (two years left on his current deal), it makes sense that Vegas would move off Thompson's contract. The goaltender should fetch a sizable deal in the future, which would've restricted the franchise further. So why not avoid that deal and send him to a place where he can thrive?

As for Cotter, well, he had some growing to do. Sure, he was a fourth-line forward who delivered plenty of hits (233 hits in 2023-24). However, his play away from the puck left plenty to be desired. Therefore, McCrimmon went younger (somehow) and acquired Alexander Holtz and Akira Schmid.

So who are the pieces acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights? Let's get to know these new players, along with the draft pick used in this year's draft. That way, Golden Knights fans can see what the team traded Logan Thompson and Paul Cotter for.

Pavel Moysevich, goaltender selected with the 83rd overall pick of the NHL Draft

With Thompson heading out of Las Vegas and into the nation's capital comes a third-round draft pick to replace him. Pavel Moysevich, formerly of SKA St. Petersburg fame, has a big frame. He stands at 6'5" and had a spectacular season with the franchise.

Having a GAA of 1.25 and a save percentage of .942 in 13 games is an impressive feat. If he can put up those numbers in a professional league like the KHL, he should have no problem translating to the NHL. It also makes the goaltending situation much more visible, with Thompson and Hill in the last year of their current deals.

His style is also simple: Shallow depth and short, sensible routes around the crease. Combined with his big frame, that makes him a tough matchup. It's enough to warrant attention from interested NHL teams, which drew the Vegas Golden Knights in. Add some nice goaltending prospects at the lower levels and Vegas should be set at net in the future.

It's hard letting go of a good, young goaltender like Logan Thompson. However, it was something he requested, for he wanted a better opportunity elsewhere. This deal has some upside with Moysevich alone with another third-round pick coming next year.