Over the next few months, unsigned players will start to earn professional tryouts with various organizations, giving them a chance to attend training camp and showcase their skills. Today, CapFriendly tweets that William Riedell has landed one of those agreements with the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 25-year-old defenseman played two games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season after finishing his college career with a year at Ohio State but will be looking for a more permanent home in 2022-23. Undrafted, the physical defender played four seasons for Lake Superior State but with an added year of eligibility, transferred to Ohio State to serve as the Buckeyes’ captain.
In 171 college games, Riedell racked up 20 goals and 61 points. He’ll now try to prove he’s worth an NHL contract, or at least land a deal with a minor league organization that will allow him to enter the professional ranks on a full-time basis.
These tryout contracts will become much more regular later on in the summer, as opportunities dry up around the NHL and AHL.