Wild Ink World Championships Standout
The Minnesota Wild made an interesting move on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the signing of goaltender Adam Vay to a two-year, entry-level contract.
The 22-year-old Vay just completed the world hockey championship where both he and Team Hungary made some pretty big waves. Hungary won its first tournament game in 77 years against Belarus last week, while Vay performed admirably in the group stage.
On May 11 against Finland, he made 48 saves in a 3-0 loss and then impressed spectators in with a solid first period against the Americans, an eventual 5-1, by making 15 saves, many of which came on high-quality chances.
“In the first period, we dominated.” USA forward Auston Matthews said, per the IIHF website. “We had a ton of shots and we limited them to one. We were producing a lot of scoring chances, but their goalie played extremely well.”
Given Vay’s playing background — he spent last season in the small MOL Liga, comprised of clubs in Hungary and Romania while also spending a couple of seasons with the WSHL’s El Paso — this is a bit of a gamble for the Wild. Granted, not much of one, but a gamble no less. Then again, a 6’5″ goalie coming off a standout performance could be a steal, especially working under Wild goaltending gurus Bob Mason and Frederic Chabot.