Golden Knights sign six

Photo: Darren Abate

The Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday announced the signings of defenseman Brad Hunt and forward T.J. Tynan to two-year contracts, and forwards Stefan Matteau and Paul Thompson, defenseman Chris Casto and goaltender Maxime Lagace to one-year contracts.

Hunt, a three-time AHL All-Star Classic participant, played 23 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves last season, notching nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points to lead the AHL in scoring at the time of his recall. Hunt went on to appear in 12 NHL games between St. Louis and Nashville, notching one goal and five assists.

A First Team AHL All-Star in 2014-15 and a Second Team selection in 2013-14, Hunt has tallied 57 goals and 152 assists for 209 points in 287 career AHL games with Chicago, Bakersfield and Oklahoma City. He has also appeared in 33 NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis and Nashville, totaling two goals and seven assists.

Tynan, 25, spent his first three pro seasons in the Columbus organization and won a Calder Cup with Lake Erie in 2016. Last season, he tallied 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points in 72 AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, and also made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets, skating in three contests.

A third-round draft pick by Columbus in 2011, Tynan has played 226 AHL games with Cleveland/Lake Erie and Springfield, recording 31 goals and 104 assists for 135 points.

Matteau, 23, played 67 AHL games with the St. John’s IceCaps last season, notching 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points.

A first-round choice by New Jersey in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Matteau has played 196 AHL games with St. John’s and Albany, tallying 37 goals and 41 assists for 78 points. He has added three goals and three assists in 56 NHL games with New Jersey and Montreal.

Thompson, 28, notched 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points in 51 AHL games with the Springfield Thunderbirds in 2016-17, his sixth pro season. He added three assists in 21 NHL games with the Florida Panthers.

The University of New Hampshire product has played 380 AHL games with the Thunderbirds, Albany, the Springfield Falcons and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, registering 104 goals and 100 assists for 204 points and earning a trip to the AHL All-Star Classic in 2015. He also has three assists in 24 career NHL games with Florida and New Jersey.

Casto, 25, finished his fourth season with the Providence Bruins in 2016-17, tallying one goal and 11 assists in 59 games.

For his career, Casto has appeared in 245 AHL contests and has amassed 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points along with a plus-28 rating.

Lagace, 24, made 32 appearances in net for the Texas Stars last season, going 11-12-3 with a 3.56 goals-against average, an .883 save percentage and one shutout.

Lagace has played 69 career AHL games (30-22-6, 3.19, .901) over three professional seasons.