Winger Juraj Slafkowski and center-back Shane Wright, the first and fourth overall picks in last week’s NHL draft, signed their entry-level deals on Wednesday.
Montreal Canadian first total pick Slafkowski signed a three-year entry-level agreement. Last season he played 38 matches for 18-year-old TPS Turku in the league in Finland but scored seven goals in seven matches at the Beijing Olympics to give Slovakia a bronze medal in men’s hockey.
“It’s a good feeling and it’s important to me. But I know this is just the first step and it is the beginning of my career. I can’t wait to get back to work and play for Montreal, “Slafkowski said. Draft
Wright was expected to go first overall in the months leading up to the NHL draft. After Slafkowski went first, Wright put his hand on the fourth overall pick, where he was picked up by the Seattle Kraken. Wright signed his three-year entry-level agreement on Wednesday.
During the Stanley Cup final, Wright said he believed he was ready to play in the NHL.
“I think it’s me. I won’t forget you. It’s fast. It’s going to adjust in the beginning. I think the biggest thing is speed and just learning the league. But I think a lot has been done this off-season. And in training camp. With a lot of training and development, and a lot to learn from coaches and other players, I think I can really take steps to make a difference, “Wright said.” That’s what I see for myself and I think that’s what I’m aiming for next year. “