Coyotes Select Keller 7th Overall at 2016 NHL Entry Draft
/ Arizona Coyotes
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Friday, June 24, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes selected forward Clayton Keller from the United States National Development team in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY on Friday.
The 5-foot-10, 163-pound Keller registered 37-70-107 in 62 games, which led the team. The forward's career point total of 46-84-130 in 78 games is the second-most all-time for the U.S. National U18 Team. Keller is the all-time assists leader with 84 assists. He also added 25-34-59 in 45 games with the U.S. National U17 Team in 2014-15 before moving up to the U18 team midseason.
The 17-year-old native of Swansea, Illinois led his team and finished second in scoring with 4-10-14 in seven games at the U18 World Championships for the United States where he was named the MVP of the tournament.
The forward led the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in points with 6-7-13 in six games and recorded 4-5-9 in seven games for the USA U-18 team in 2014-15.
Keller has committed to play college hockey at Boston University.