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Patrik Nemeth Traded To Colorado

04/09/2021 at 8:04pm EDT

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for the Avs’ fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Nemeth, 29, is in his second campaign with the Red Wings and has tallied eight points (2g/6a) this season, ranking third among Detroit blueliners in points and average time on ice (18:24). He is second on the club and first among Red Wings defenders in average shorthanded time on ice (2:09).

Nemeth previously spent two seasons with the Avalanche from 2017-19 after being claimed on waivers from the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3, 2017 and produced 25 points (4g/21a) and a +32 rating in 142 games with Colorado. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound rearguard finished the 2017-18 campaign with a +27 rating, tied for the fifth-best plus/minus rating for a defenseman in Avalanche history (since 1995). Nemeth also ranked first on the team with 185 blocked shots that season and set career highs in points (15), goals (3) and assists (12). He skated in a career-best 74 games the following year (2018-19).

added 8:09pm, Detroit release is below.

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Patrik Nemeth.

Nemeth, 29, appeared in 39 games for the Red Wings this season and totaled eight points (2-6-8) and 14 penalty minutes after recording nine points (1-8-9) and 28 penalty minutes in 64 games in 2019-20 during his first season with the club. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound blueliner has skated in 353 NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Avalanche and Red Wings since 2013-14, totaling 56 points (7-49-56) and 176 penalty minutes, while chipping in one assist and 20 penalty minutes in 18 postseason games. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Nemeth was originally drafted by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and spent parts of five seasons with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars before breaking into to NHL full-time, winning a Calder Cup in 2014.

After drafting an NHL-high 33 players over the last three Entry Drafts, the Red Wings currently own 18 picks over the next two drafts, with nine selections in each. For this summer's 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Detroit has its own pick in the first six rounds, in addition to two additional second-round choices (Edmonton and NY Rangers) and a second pick in the third round (Vegas). In the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings have their own picks in all seven rounds plus two additional selections in the fourth round (Colorado and Vegas).

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