Wild Ink Free Agent Goaltender Adam Vay
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild announced that they had come to terms with a free agent goaltender out of Hungary, Adam Vay.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 18, 2016
Vay, 22, has been playing for in the Hungarian MOL Liga, where he posted a league best .926 save percentage in 39 games. In addition to his time with Debreceni HK, Vay has North American experience in the WSHL with the El Paso Rhinos.
Recently, Vay has impressed some observers while an overmatched Hungary squad at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia. The Hungary side lost all the games Vay played (against Canada, Finland, and the United States) but he garnered attention nonetheless. It wouldn’t be the first time a young goaltender has turned a good showing at the IIHF tournament into a contract in North America.
The Wild already have a solid group of prospect goaltenders that includes Steve Michalek, who might soon be ready to start the transition to the NHL. This could, however, be an offseason of change for the club as they will need to decide what to do with Darcy Kuemper, who is a pending Restricted Free Agent. If he does move, some shuffling in the depth chart is to be expected.
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune noted that Vay is “expected to challenge Steve Michalek and Brody Hoffman” for a spot with the AHL Iowa Wild. It seems more likely that at this point, Vay is destined for the ECHL, but such speculation is just that.
The contract is an entry-level, two-year contract.