Brayden Pachal failed to earn a roster spot with the Vegas Golden Knights in training camp, but he came away with the next best thing. The standout defenseman from the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders has signed his entry-level contract with Vegas. The team announced a three-year deal with Pachal, who came into camp on an Amateur Tryout Agreement after performing well at the Knights’ rookie camp earlier this summer, and he made the most of it.

Pachal, 20, was never selected in the NHL Draft but had emerged as a top defender in the WHL over the past few years. 2018-19 in particular was a breakout year for the righty rearguard.