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Schuldt signs one-year, $850,000 contract with Golden Knights

Defenseman played one game with Vegas last season, is two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist

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Jimmy Schuldt signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

"Obviously that's nice (a one-way contract)," the 24-year-old defenseman said. "That was something my agent was more concerned with. For me, I have the opportunity here and hopefully I make the most of it. It's the first time [at training camp] for me. I'm more excited to take in this experience."

Schuldt, who signed his first contract with the Golden Knights as a free agent April 3, made his NHL debut three days later and had an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He did not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Vegas was eliminated in the first round by the San Jose Sharks in seven games.

Vegas opens training camp Sept. 13.

"I'm older than most of the guys here, but to show them my work ethic and what I can bring to the table on and off the ice," Schuldt said. "These training camps are a lot longer than just a little tryout you had in junior hockey. I think that's what makes it kind of special, just to show what kind of person you are."

Schuldt had 118 points (38 goals, 80 assists) in 156 games in three seasons as captain for St. Cloud State University. He was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist, given to the top NCAA men's hockey player, in each of the past two seasons, and last season was named National Collegiate Hockey Conference player of the year, when he had 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 39 games.

"He's a mature kid," Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "He's a little bit older coming out of college. He's got tremendous poise. A really accomplished player at the college level. We have real high hopes for Jimmy right now."

NHL.com independent correspondent Danny Webster contributed to this report

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