The Vegas Golden Knights have their third player, as the team has signed Tomas Hyka. The 24-year old was once a draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings after spending a few years in the QMJHL, but never reached an agreement with them and has played back in Europe since 2013.
Hyka has elite speed capable of playing in any league in the world, and showed off his offensive skill this season for Mlada Boleslav of the Czech league. In 48 games he registered 38 points, though was held scoreless in his World Championship debut. The undersized winger would be a great fit for the AHL if he can’t make the NHL team. There will be a lack of high-end skill at both levels, something the shifty winger provides in spades.
For Vegas, this marks the third SPC they’ve handed out thus far. Along with Vadim Shipachyov and Reid Duke, the team will take shape mostly through the Expansion Draft and free agent market, though side-deals have already started to bubble up surrounding the team. Yesterday it was reported that they have already made one such agreement with Chicago in order to acquire Trevor van Riemsdyk, agreeing to take on Marcus Kruger and his large cap-hit in return.
iSport out of the Czech Republic was first to report the deal.