Boston University’s Clayton Keller became first “one-and-done” player of this season, signing an entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes. He is expected to play in the NHL right away.
Keller was the seventh overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. His season ended Saturday with an overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the West Regional final.
Keller’s freshman year lived up to expectations and then some. Along with winning a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors along the way, Keller won numerous accolades, including CHN Rookie of the Year. He had 21 goals and 45 points in 31 games for the Terriers this year, and was perhaps the best player on the ice in the NCAA West Regional.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Clayton to an entry-level contract,” Arizona general manager John Chayka said in a release. “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.”