COYOTES SIGN HANZAL TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed center Martin Hanzal
to a three-year entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Hanzal, 20, was the Coyotes’ top selection (1st round, 17th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
This season, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound Hanzal registered 26-59-85 and 94 penalty minutes (PIM) in 60 games with Red Deer in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Hanzal ranked T-5th in the league in scoring and 3rd in assists. The Pisek, Czech Republic native also led all WHL rookies and his team in both scoring and assists. In six playoff games, he recorded 2-7-9 and 19 PIM.
Hanzal represented the Czech Republic at the 2007 World Junior Championships, collecting 2-1-3 in 6 games. Hanzal also registered two assists for the Czech Republic at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
In March, Hanzal was ranked 30th among The Hockey News’ Top 50 Prospects in the publication’s annual “Future Watch” edition. The Hockey News’ Top 50 Prospects were selected by a panel of 22 NHL scouts.