Las Vegas–With the news that veteran defenseman Luca Sbisa will be lost for 6-8 weeks due to an injured left hand and fellow blueliner Jon Merrill on inured reserved, should Vegas recall veteran Jason Garrison from the minors?

Merrill (undisclosed) suffered his injury before the Golden Knights went on their mandatory bye week.

Back on Oct. 27, the Golden Knights waived the now 33-year-old defenseman for the purpose of assigning him the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. Before he was loaned to Wolves, Garrison skated in 4 games with the Golden Knights and produced just 1 assist over that span and was a -2.

His ATOI during those 4 games was 18:54 and his season high was 21:36 during the season opener game against the Dallas Stars.

Prior to being selected by Vegas via the Expansion Draft, Garrison played in 530 NHL games with the Florida, Vancouver and Tampa Bay. He brought to the Golden Knights 48 goals, 110 assists and was a +37.

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The move to send him down to the minors was a bit of a surprise; before the regular season started, Garrison was named one of the alternate captains along with veterans Sbisa, Deryk Engelland, James Neal, David Perron and 26-year-old Reilly Smith.

Among the active defenseman on the Golden Knights roster, Garrison’s $3.575 million cap hit is the second-highest from the other blueliners – Sbisa has the highest at $3.6 million.

Since joining Chicago, Garrison has scored 4 goals added 14 assists for 18 points and is a -1 thru 29 games. The last time he played in the American League was in 2009-10 with Rochester.

According to Hockeybuzz’s Sheng Peng, Garrison is the Wolves best defenseman on the ice.

The Golden Knights currently have 6 healthy defenseman – Engelland, Brayden McNabb, Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Shea Theodore and Brad Hunt. Sbisa, Merrill and Clayton Stoner are all on injured reserved.

Stoner has been on IR since Oct. 3 with an abdominal injury, similar to the one he suffered from last year while with Anaheim.

This puts the Golden Knights into an interesting situation with the mystery of Merrill’s undisclosed injury (whether it’s upper or lower body) and Sbisa being for as much as 2 months.

To his credit, Garrison has been working hard on his game with the hope of getting a second chance with the Golden Knights, given how successful they’ve been in their inaugural season.

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  1. I thought Engelland met our quota for having an older, slower defenseman with a heavy shot. Then again, if Garrison does play well, maybe McPhee could move him for something.

  2. I don’t see Garrison coming back to Vegas anytime soon. Hunt will see more time on the ice due to Sbisa’s injury

    • Hey Brian it’s been a revolving door as of late between Hunt and Merrill on the blueline. With Merrill’s undisclosed injury Vegas needs a 7th defenseman for insurance. Garrison deserves a 2nd chance with Golden Knights with the work he’s put in down in Chicago.

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