The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Tomas Nosek have agreed to a one-year deal, receiving a $962,500 deal. To avoid salary arbitration, they agreed to the one-year deal in order to keep his arbitration-eligible restricted free agent rights for the following season.
Tomas Nosek was a fourth-liner last season for the Golden Knights in a surprisingly shocking inaugural season. The newly established team finished the season with a record of 51 wins, 24 losses and 7 ties. The Golden Knights broke several records in their first season alone. On February 1st, 2018, they broke the record for most wins by an expansion team. They broke another record on February 21st, 2018 for most points by an expansion team. There are more records too, including becoming the first team to get to the playoffs in their inaugural season.
During Nosek’s time this season he had seven goals and 15 points in 67 regular-season games. Then when entering the playoffs, he added four more goals and another three in the Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals.
When Nosek was drafted for the Golden Knights many onlookers raised an eyebrow and said “who?” Nosek before joining the Golden Knights was a forward for the Czech Republic. The general Manager, George McPhee, noticed something in Tomas that many others did not and quickly took action to pick up the once Red Wing’s player.
While James Neal was the first player to score for the Golden Knights in their inaugural season, Tomas Nosek was the first Golden Knights player to score a goal at home against Arizona on October 10th, 2018. By the end of Nosek’s 43 game season, he had seven goals and eight assists.
Now that Tomas Nosek has officially signed his one-year deal with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, that leaves William Karlsson as the last Golden Knights teammate that has a pending arbitration date. Karlsson’s hearing has been scheduled for August 4th, 2018 in Toronto. Karlsson had an amazing 2017-2018 season having 43 goals and 35 assists with a total of 78 points.
While Nosek has had an amazing inaugural season with the Las Vegas Golden Knights he still has room to improve. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Ryan Reaves are currently in great positions in the lineup, with the departure of David Perron and James Neal, Nosak might have a chance to squeeze up into the third line instead of remaining a fourth-liner. Tomas Nosak will likely remain and excellent, solid performer no matter which line up he is in.