The Golden Knights have signed their first player
NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights signed their first ever player to an entry-level contract on Monday.
Five days after becoming an official NHL franchise, having paid their $500 million expansion fee, the team signed Reid Duke. Reid Duke is a 21-year-old forward who has spent the past three season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in which he recorded 250 points in 306 games.
Vegas’ assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon owns the Wheat Kings and was surely the scouting department on this signing for the Golden Knights. Duke was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild, but failed to sign an entry level deal or ever play a game with the club.
Duke would then become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 and was not signed by a team until his Brandon Wheat Kings owner McCrimmon signed him to an ELC. Duke is said to be an all-around player, with some offensive upside. He has always produced well on his talented Wheat Kings squad, and the Golden Knights are confident in their first player signing.
The Golden Knights are scheduled to join the National Hockey League for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.