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Golden Knights Sign Matyas Sapovaliv To Entry-Level Contract

The Vegas Golden Knights signed forward Matyas Sapovaliv to a three-year entry-level contract worth $860,000 Monday evening.

Sapovaliv was drafted in the second round of the…

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The Vegas Golden Knights signed forward Matyas Sapovaliv to a three-year entry-level contract worth $860,000 Monday evening.

Sapovaliv was drafted in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft by the Golden Knights, 48th overall. The 18-year-old 6-foot-3 Czech forward is currently playing at the 2023 World Junior Championships with Team Czechia alongside Jakub Brabenec, who was also recently signed to his entry-level contract.

This season with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, Sapovaliv has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 30 games played. Last season he was a finalist for the OHL's all-rookie team.

Elite Prospects labels Sapovaliv as the following.

"Šapovaliv mostly plays the role of a facilitator. Fully aware of his skill set, the Czech center often opts to slow the game down to a pace at which he's comfortable, holding the puck and letting lanes develop before striking with surgical precision as a passer. A technically skilled playmaker, Šapovaliv consistently found ways to get the puck under sticks and through bodies."

Given that he was drafted in the summer, Sapovaliv was not ranked in our prospect rankings for 2022.