With the 2019 NHL playoffs looking wide open, teams are aggressively bringing in young reinforcements to find an edge.
The Vegas Golden Knights announced they have signed Nikita Gusev, 26, who led the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League in scoring with 82 points in 62 games. He is expected to be given an opportunity to play immediately.
Gusev is a skilled playmaker and could help the Golden Knights match the San Jose Sharks’ high-powered offense. The first-round series is tied 1-1.
With the game becoming younger and faster, adding young skilled players late in the season is becoming more popular.
Gusev is the third top prospect to be signed during these playoffs.
The Colorado Avalanche signed first-round draft pick defenseman Cale Makar out of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Columbus Blue Jackets added Vladislav Gavrikov, a defenseman.