Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed defenseman David Schlemko to a three-year entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Schlemko, 20, registered 8-50-58 and 78 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season. The Edmonton, Alberta native led all WHL defensemen in assists and ranked 5th among league blueliners in points. He was also named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team.
Schlemko helped lead Medicine Hat to the WHL Championship as well as the Memorial Cup final where the team fell to Vancouver last season. In 23 playoffs games, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Schlemko collected 3-13-16 and 12 PIM.
In 198 career WHL games, Schlemko registered 22-109-131 and 145 PIM with Medicine Hat. Schlemko also collected 5-21-26 and 39 PIM in 49 career playoff games.