Former Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the expansion draft. He wasn’t to stay long however given that he was flipped to the Carolina Hurricanes the very next day.
The twenty-five year-old Middletown, New Jersey native has spent his two-year NHL career with the ‘Hawks playing 158 games for the Illinois outfit. The undrafted college defensemen signed a two-year entry level deal back on March 26, 2014. He would go onto impress on Chicago’s deep defensive lines, earning him a two-year extension in 2015.
What appeared to be a tasty capture for the Golden Knights wasn’t to last long, as it was clear to see they’d drafted far too many defensemen. A clever ploy in a league thread bare on defensive prowess, George McPhee knowing he could gather up draft picks like a hungry hippo.
The Carolina Hurricanes needed to revamp their blue-line and TVR can add a lot to it. Nothing special and certainly not a first-line defensemen he is solid and can be relied upon. Although feelings towards him soured slightly in the eyes of the fans towards the end at Chicago, for an undrafted college player he has certainly surpassed expectations. Brother to Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk, Trevor has always been out of the limelight. Carolina could be the place where his career takes off.