The Vegas Golden Knights have worked out new contracts with a pair of restricted free agents. The team announced that defenseman Jimmy Schuldt and forward Reid Duke have re-signed. Both have inked one-year, two-way contracts worth the minimum $700K AAV. AHL salary values were not disclosed.
Schuldt, a top collegiate free agent who turned pro after the 2018-19 season, spent this year in the minors, playing in 52 games with the Chicago Wolves. He notched 21 points and looked comfortable playing defense at the pro level. With just six defenders signed to one-way contracts as of now, Schuldt could be in line for a full-time role with Vegas this coming season.
Duke, who is best remembered as the first player ever signed by the Golden Knights, struggled through his first pro season three years ago but has found his role as a two-way contributor in the years since. Duke may not have NHL upside right now but the 24-year-old still has time to improve.