Nosek produced three assists -- including a power-play helper -- Sunday, en route to Vegas' 7-2 win over the Coyotes to open the preseason. Nosek was phenomenal in the 2018 postseason, as he compiled four goals and six points to complement a plus-5 rating over 17 games. The Czech skater only averaged 11:34 of ice time in the deep playoff run, too, which makes his numbers all the more impressive. A strong two-way presence, Nosek is a legitimate sleeper heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
Nosek secured a one-year, one-way contract worth $963,000 on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Nosek was a clutch contributor during the Golden Knights' unpredictable playoff run, scoring three goals against the Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The 25-year-old had a more modest stat line during the regular season, with seven goals and 15 points in 67 games. Expect him to remain in the bottom-six for 2018-19.
Nosek filed for salary arbitration ahead of Thursday's deadline, per NHLPA.com. Nosek was terrific for the Golden Knights in the final two rounds of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, as he registered four goals and an assist over the final nine games against the Jets and Capitals, respectively. Those numbers look even better when you consider the Czech achieved that rate of production despite only averaging 10:35 of ice time as a bottom-six contributor. Arbitration hearings reportedly will take place in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4, but it's possible that Nosek's camp will settle on a new deal ahead of time.
Nosek received a qualifying offer by the Golden Knights on Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. Nosek was a bottom-six fixture with the expansion club, but he managed seven goals and 15 points in 67 games while averaging 11:06. The 25-year-old didn't shy away from the hype of their improbable playoff run either, as he lit the lamp three times -- including the game-winning goal in Game 1 -- through five Stanley Cup Final contests. Depending on who Vegas can retain this offseason, Nosek may have a chance to move up the depth chart.
In his first full NHL season, Nosek totaled seven goals and 15 points across 67 games. Prior to the 2017-18 season, Nosek had just one goal in 17 career NHL contests. His production this season was solid given his bottom-six role, as he averaged just over 11 minutes of ice time per game. Nosek should draw some interest from around the league as a restricted free agent this offseason.
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