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Canucks deal defenceman Nate Schmidt to Winnipeg Jets for third-round pick

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have added another veteran defenceman to the lineup, acquiring Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks.

In exchange, Vancouver receives Winnipeg’s third-round pick in the 2022 NHL entry draft.

Schmidt, 30, spent less than a year with the Canucks after being traded to Vancouver by the Vegas Golden Knights in October.

The six-foot, 194-pound blue liner had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and four penalty minutes for the Canucks last season, well below the career-high 36 points (five goals, 31 assists) and 16 penalty minutes he registered for Vegas in 2017-18.

Schmidt hails from St. Cloud, Minn., and entered the NHL after playing at the University of Minnesota.

He signed with the Capitals as a free agent in 2013 and spent four seasons in Washington before being selected by Vegas in the 2017 expansion draft.

Winnipeg picked up another former Capitals defenceman on Monday, acquiring 30-year-old Brenden Dillon in exchange for two second-round draft picks, one in 2022 and another in 2023.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2021.

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Nate Schmidt (88) fights for control of the puck with Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) during first-period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

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