Remembering A Former Golden Knight: Deryk Engelland

The Vegas Golden Knights have a penchant for having feisty defensemen. From Alex Pietrangelo to originals like Brayden McNabb, Vegas has built out a niche. How did Deryk Engelland fit in and where is he now?

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2. Engelland's Stat Line

Zack Smith, Deryk Engelland
Chicago Blackhawks v Vegas Golden Knights / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

In his three seasons with the Golden Knights, Deryk Engelland didn't light up the scoresheet much. He only had eight goals and 33 assists during his Vegas tenure. He was an unimpressive offensive talent by every stretch.

But his defensive work? He was pretty good at that, blocking 388 shots with Vegas. On top of that, he tallied 405 hits and 66 takeaways. He was more of a defenseman by trade than another offensive piece for the Golden Knights.

Engelland was even the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2017-2018. Being in the same award class as Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Chris Chelios is an honor among itself. But it's something the defenseman has earned, specifically as a Golden Knight.