The Golden Knights added much-needed goaltending depth Monday, signing Oscar Dansk of Sweden to a one-year contract.
Dansk has struggled to establish himself as a pro, and the Knights are hoping the 23-year-old can fulfill the potential that made him a second-round pick (No. 31 overall) by Columbus in 2012.
Dansk spent the past two years playing for Rogle BK in the Swedish Hockey League.
He posted a 6-15-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 24 appearances in 2016-17, before returning to North America in April.
Dansk split time between the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings during the 2014-15 season, going 7-7-0 with a 3.57 goals-against avereage and .880 save percentage.
He won a silver medal with Sweden and was named best goaltender at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships.
The Blue Jackets did not extend Dansk a qualifying offer last month after his three-year, entry-level contract expired, making him an unrestricted free agent.
His contract with the Golden Knights is worth an annual average salary of $650,000 at the NHL level, the team said in a news release.
Dansk (6-3, 195 pounds) provides emergency cover should anything happen to goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard.
Dansk is expected to start the season with the Chicago Wolves, the Knights’ AHL affiliate, and compete for playing time with recently signed Maxime Lagace.
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