Wild sign Hungarian goalie who turned heads at worlds

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Interesting move out of Minnesota on Wednesday — the Wild announced they inked goalie Adam Vay to a two-year, entry-level deal.

Vay, 22, just wrapped a compelling world hockey championship appearance in which he and Team Hungary make some significant waves. Hungary won its first tournament game in 77 years against Belarus last week, and Vay performed admirably in a few group stage games.

He made 48 saves in a 3-0 loss to Finland back on May 11, and impressed onlookers with a solid first period in an eventual 5-1 loss to the Americans, making 15 saves, many on high-quality scoring chances.

“In the first period, we dominated.” USA forward Auston Matthews said, per the IIHF website. “We had a ton of shots and we limited them to one. We were producing a lot of scoring chances, but their goalie played extremely well.”

The Wild are taking something of a gamble on Vay, given his playing background. He spent last season playing in the MOL Liga — a small, nine-team circuit comprised of clubs in Hungary and Romania — and spent a couple years playing for El Paso in the WSHL (a U.S-based Tier II junior league).

Of course, Vay does have good size — he stands 6-foot-5 — and could really blossom under Wild goalie gurus Bob Mason and Frederic Chabot.