Reports coming out of the Czech Republic by iSports.cz is reporting that forward Tomas Hyka is leaving Extraliga to join the Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017-2018 season.
For Hyka he will join Russia playmaker Vadim Shipachyov as the second major European acquisition that the Golden Knights have made within the last month.
According to sources closest to the story, Hyka has signed a 1-year deal with Vegas.
Back in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hyka was originally selected by the Los Angeles King’s hockey club in the 6th round at 171 overall.
Last season with BK Mlada Boleslav, Hyka skated in 48 games and recorded 17 goals and knotted 21 assists at 38 points.
His Czech League in Extraliga totals spans over 130 games as he scored 37 goals and 42 assists at 79 points (0.61 points per game average).
Hyka’s Career Stats
Hyka along with Shipachyov participated in the 2017 IIHF Worlds Tournament for Team Czech Republic.
Scouting Report On Hyka
Hyka at 5’11” is considered among the core of forwards to be small, however, an important asset of his game that he brings to the table is his speed. That is something in which he exercises very well.
For opposing team’s blueliners Hyka has a reputation of keeping them on the heels of their skates and provides a dangerous punch in the attacking zone.
He has the ability to score goals and provide a decent shot on offense. His pass first mentality like Shipachyov’s playmaking skill set is where he excels at the most in his game.
In the NHL you need quality playmakers to set up your snipers to put the rubber in the back of the net. As a winger, this is uncommon as they are known to be goal scorers in that position.
According to Hockey’s Future, they have Hyka’s potential grade rate a D and a talent score of 6.5/10.
The former LA Kings draft pick also saw time in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques where he played in 99 games with them that includes 40 goals and 78 assists at 118 over the course of two seasons 2011-2013. He also played in 14 playoffs with Gatineau
He also played in 14 playoffs games with Gatineau recording 3 goals and 3 assists at 6 points.
As it currently stands Hyka’s 1-year deal with Vegas is rated at a 2-way contract which means that in order for it to be upgraded at the NHL level he will need to make the opening night roster.
If he does that his AAV of $710k will count against the Golden Knights salary cap. His contract also comes with a $60k sign on bonus.