A highly sought-after defenseman by a lot of clubs and we are delighted to acquire him as our first college signing. "Obviously it doesn't happen without that first contract, the entry-level contract. But what Zach has done is soak up every experience that's been put in front of him," said Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon. For him it was really good development off the ice, and the opportunity to be around the team and learn from what was going on with his teammates. Insider clears up breakdown in talks between Brendan Gallagher, Canadiens before new deal, Canadiens give Gallagher huge contract extension, Eugene Melnyk puts extremely high pressure on organization after a ridiculous prediction, Rossi makes bold statement ahead of rookie season. It's who the 23-year-old Whitecloud is and it's a major reason as to why the club announced Sunday he's been signed to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $725,000. 6-keys: media/fantasynews/nhl/reg/free/stories, at Zach Whitecloud inked a two-year, $1. Eliteprospects.com hockey player profile of Zach Whitecloud, 1996-11-28 Brandon, MB, CAN Canada. Whitecloud inked a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension with the Golden Knights on Sunday. Complete player biography and stats. He’s good and safe and conservative. Zach Whitecloud, an undrafted free agent defenseman from Bemidji State University, has signed an entry-level contract with the Golden Knights. Whitecloud isn't content to have made the NHL. To focus in on one thing would be wrong of me, but I think all of those things take care of themselves when you try to do them all the best you can.". 45 million contract extension with the Golden Knights on Sunday. Electing to extend with the club after spending two years with the organization is another. The talking points I shared with my parents when I left college to sign with the Golden Knights were about finding a place where I could eventually get to the NHL and then help that organization win a Stanley Cup. "I knew that I needed some seasoning in the AHL. Check out what your favorite Golden Knights are up to on Twitter and Instagram, Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén. When I signed, I knew that I was going into a good situation there and I knew for myself, I could help myself and help the team to do their best and accomplish goals. - Has appeared in sixteen games for the Golden Knights this season and has tallied one assist- Collected first NHL point, an assist, against Buffalo on Feb. 28, 2020- Has recorded seven points (2 G, 5 A) to go with 16 penalty minutes in 35 games this season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves- Helped lead Chicago to the Calder Cup Final during the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs and finished with 15 points (3 G, 12 A) to go with 11 penalty minutes- Appeared in 74 games for the Wolves during the 2018-19 season and finished with 28 points (6 G, 28 A) to go with 52 penalty minutes- Made NHL debut at the Edmonton Oilers on April 5, 2018- Signed with the Vegas Golden Knights after finishing collegiate career on March 8, 2018- Appeared in 36 games for Bemidji State during the 2017-18 season and recorded 18 points (4 G, 14 A). -Tom Serratore, Bemidji State coach, He’s a mobile defenseman. Ask Zach Whitecloud a question and the answer invariably comes back to helping his team get two points every game and/or helping the Vegas Golden Knights organization reach its goal of winning the Stanley Cup. "He's very committed and he's a very good person. During his second full season with the Virden Oil Capitals, Whitecloud announced his commitment to play hockey for Bemidji State University. "I'll be excited with it for a little bit but there's obviously more work to be done. Vegas Golden Knights, LLC. If I can keep doing all of those things away from the rink, the things at the rink eventually take care of themselves. To be able to contribute and, not only just come in, but contribute to helping the team win and get two points every night. It's organic and authentic. When I had spoken to George (McPhee) and Kelly (McCrimmon) at the time, they laid out a plan for me that made sense for my development path. I'm extremely, again, happy and humble to be able to continue to getting better in this organization and helping them win the Stanley Cup.". He’ll build the offensive in his game. Following his rookie year at Bemidji State, where he led defencemen in scoring, Whitecloud was invited to the Los Angeles Kings Development Camp before the 2017–18 NHL season. He's clearly demonstrated to us that he'll do whatever it takes and because of that we project that he will continue to improve. I wanted to go to a place where I could develop as a person and a hockey player and become a true professional and keep working toward that goal of winning the Stanley Cup. The 21-year-old rearguard put together another successful campaign with Bemidji State in the NCAA in 2017-18 and appears ready to make the jump to professional hockey. Whitecloud's contract will run through the 2021-22 season and carries an AAV of $725,000. All Rights Reserved. I think he's a really intelligent player that does a good job of defending and breaking pucks out," said McCrimmon. The Vegas Golden Knights have decided to sign one of their prospects to a contract extension. The Vegas Golden Knights have decided to sign one of their prospects to a contract extension. That, to me, is a sign of a pretty good defenseman. -McPhee.   Following his sophomore year at Bemidji, Whitecloud was named the 2017–18 WCHA Scholar-Athlete and named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. GOLDEN KNIGHTS SIGN ZACH WHITECLOUD (D) TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT, Three Undrafted College Free Agents That Should Be On VGK’s Radar, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (43-19-5 91 PTS) DETROIT RED WINGS 0. "Zach has shown the ability to settle in, adjust to his surroundings and play a very efficient, quiet game. 2:15 pm ET, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Lights lamp Saturday, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Tallies first NHL goal, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Picks up first career assist, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Back with big club, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Back to bus league, Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Back with parent club. I wasn't the kid that was going to jump right into the NHL and I knew that," said Whitecloud. Whitecloud did some media interviews and then approached this writer and asked where he could sit in the press box and if he could have a piece of paper and a pen. Your email address will not be published. I think he appreciates the opportunity that the organization has given him. The then 21-year-old then proceeded to watch the game and take notes, filling both sides of the sheet of paper with his thoughts and questions. The best NHL salary cap hit data, daily tracking, NHL news and projections at your fingertips. Reinforcements are on the way for the Golden Knights who have recently become a bit thin on the blue line. Zach Whitecloud’s biggest strength is probably that he has no deficiencies. Copyright © 1999-2020 Vegas Golden Knights, LLC and the National Hockey League. "The timeframe you allude to is one where he was with us for the regular season and then really committed himself to training while the team was still playing. We think he plays conservatively and we believe he can give us a lot more offensively. I want to do my part, I want to execute, do my job and be a good person in the organization that people can rely on. He needed to get some reps in pro hockey and he did exactly that. The Official Site of the Vegas Golden Knights, by Zach Whitecloud, an undrafted free agent defenseman from Bemidji State University, has signed an entry-level contract with the Golden Knights. He began this season in Chicago as well before earning a call up and proving his worth in the NHL. Brandon Baddock, the new Canadian, has already broken Nicolas Deslauriers' jaw. It's not contrived or planned. We think he's only scratching the surface as far as his time as an NHL player.  He ended the season with 19 points and a team-best 51 blocked shots. section: | slug: golden-knights-zach-whitecloud-earns-contract-extension | sport: hockey | route: article_single_fantasy | The 23-year-old saw action in 16 games with the big club this year, earning an assist across 14:19 of average ice time. The deal is worth $725,000 annually. Whitecloud says the Golden Knights not only gave him his first opportunity, but they laid out a plan for him which has led to his success. It's who the 23-year-old Whitecloud is and it's a major reason as to why the club announced Sunday he's been signed to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $725,000. [7/18/2020 9:36:24 PM] - Zach Whitecloud from Oilers is back from Sore Left Knee Injury. I think if I focus on rounding out myself as a good player, person and community member, I'm starting things off on the right foot and doing the right things. 45 million contract extension with the Golden Knights on Sunday. Current Contract Zach Whitecloud signed a 3 year / $4,475,000 contract with the Vegas Golden Knights, including a $277,500 signing bonus, $4,475,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,491,667. He’s a very well-rounded player. That's really what the makeup of Zach's game looks like and that's what he's continued to work on and continued to perfect and now he's doing at the level of an NHL players.". I made sure I was ready and ready to take advantage of the opportunity and now here we are in the scenario I'm in, obviously resigning. He watched and learned and used the team's facilities to work on his mind, body and game. When I was going through the process, I chose Vegas and its very humbling to sign an extension with them and keep working towards that ultimate goal.". See the complete history of VGK Odds here. He didn't go to college until he was 20 years old. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. Whitecloud signed a three-year, $4.475 million entry-level contract with the Golden Knights in March but was ineligible to be on the team's playoff roster. Enter your email address to subscribe to SinBin.vegas and receive notifications of new posts by email.
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