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I didn’t believe it when I first heard it.
“Vegas in hard on Meier,” I heard an NHL source say two days ago.
But yesterday, Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston essentially said the same thing, identifying the Vegas Golden Knights, New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes as the three favorites to land Sharks forward Timo Meier. While New Jersey and Carolina widely are considered the leaders in the Meier sweepstakes, with the St. Louis Blues as an honorable mention, Johnston called the Golden Knights a “dark horse."
I didn’t believe it because I have no idea what futures Vegas could offer that would entice the Sharks.
“Their system is awful,” an NHL scout told San Jose Hockey Now.
According to SJHN’s sources, the Golden Knights have no Grade-A prospects and probably only one clear-cut Grade-B prospect in the entire system, defenseman Lukas Cormier.
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Other than that? Well, it’s a desert out there.