Dylan Ferguson inks entry-level deal with Vegas Golden Knights
Goaltender Dylan Ferguson has had a whirlwhind of a summer.
After getting selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, the 19-year-old was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights in the move for Marc Methot.
That led to him making history, starting – and winning – the first-ever Vegas Golden Knights preseason game with a 29-save effort in what was also his professional hockey debut (and against the team that he skated out onto the ice ahead of a game seven years back, when he was just 11).
Now, after putting up an impressive preseason effort, he’ll head back to the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers with a shiny new entry-level deal under his belt.
It was announced by the Golden Knights on Thursday morning that Ferguson, who helped Vegas take home a 9-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on September 17th, has signed his ELC with the club, sending him back to the major juniors with the knowledge that he’s already a part of Vegas’ plans moving forward.
A native of Lantzville, British Columbia, Ferguson is expected to stand as the clear number one for Kamloops this season after putting up a .922 save percentage last season over 31 games.
It’s a dream come true for the goaltender, who was already reeling from his start against the Canucks. He’d skated out as the sixth skater for Vancouver ahead of that game seven years ago, getting to stand next to Roberto Luongo on the ice in front of an arena of thousands.
Now, he’s in a position to make starts against Luongo, and perhaps sooner rather than later.
Ferguson and the Blazers kicked off their 2017-18 season on September 22nd, falling in both games of a home-and-away series against the Kelowna Rockets for a tough start to the year. They’ll get their next chance to turn things around on Friday, September 29th, as their season truly gets under way.