FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, March 26, 2017
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Clayton Keller to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Keller was the Coyotes first selection in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
"We are extremely pleased to sign Clayton to an entry level contract," said Chayka. "Clayton is a highly skilled, dynamic forward. He is a strong skater who has a powerful shot and great hockey sense. We are excited to have him join our team and finish the regular season with the Coyotes."
Video: Welcome to the Pack Clayton Keller!
The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Keller recently completed his freshman year at Boston University and finished the season as the team's leading scorer with 21-24-45 and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 31 games. Keller recorded at least one point in 27 of 30 games, tallied 14 multi-point games and finished tied for seventh in all of college hockey with a 1.45 points per game average.
The 18-year-old Keller also played in the 2017 World Junior Championship in Canada earlier this year, helping to lead the United States to the gold medal. He had the third-most points in the tournament and led the team in scoring with 3-8-11 in seven games.
Last season, the Swansea, Illinois native registered 37-70-107 in 62 games for the United States National Development 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 and he is the all-time assists leader with 84 assists.
With the addition of Keller, Arizona's current roster now features eight draft picks since 2011: Connor Murphy (20th overall, 2011), Jordan Martinook (58th overall, 2012), Max Domi (12th overall, 2013), Brendan Perlini (12th overall, 2014), Christian Dvorak (58th overall, 2014), Christian Fischer (32nd overall, 2015), and Jakob Chychrun (16th overall, 2016).