The Vegas Golden Knights continue to impress this season, this time signing one of the top college free agents. Zach Whitecloud has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Golden Knights after finishing his sophomore season at Bemidji State University. The press release indicates that Whitecloud will join Vegas tomorrow in Buffalo and wear No. 2. Whitecloud was being pursued by several teams around the league, including Los Angeles, Detroit and Tampa Bay according to the latest 31 Thoughts column by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The 21-year-old defenseman grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, where Vegas assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon ran the Wheat Kings for more than a decade. Whitecloud will go down as the Golden Knights’ first NCAA signing, and he’s an impressive one. Vegas GM George McPhee explains what he sees in the organization’s newest player: He’s a mobile defenseman who moves the puck real well. Is a safe player right now. We think he plays kind of conservatively, we believe he can give us a lot more offensively. There is lots of room for growth there. I like that he he’s got his base attributes that he’s safe and conservative, and if we can build the offense into his game he can be a pretty good player. Whitecloud’s offense isn’t is calling card, but he’s also no slouch there. Scoring 19 points in 36 games this season, the right-handed defenseman has a hard shot and can quickly move the puck up the ice.
Golden Knights ink NCAA D-man Whitecloud to entry-level deal
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