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Coyotes sign centre Jordan Martinook to three-year entry level contract

Saturday, 09.01.2012 / 1:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed second-round draft pick Jordan Martinook to a three-year entry level contract.

Martinook had 40 goals and 24 assists in a breakout 2011-12 season with the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants. He was second on the team in goals behind former captain Brendan Gallagher and third in points behind Gallagher and Marek Tvrdon.

The six-foot, 209-pound native of Leduc, Alta., was selected 58th overall the Coyotes in the 2012 draft. The 20-year-old centre is expected to play with the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates this season.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round