Sunday, July 31, 2016
Top Prospect Signing (Jul 31)
The Arizona Coyotes locked up their top pick in the 2016 entry draft, the 16th overall pick, defenseman Jakob Chychrun, signing him to his 3-year entry level deal on Saturday. The deal is thought to be worth the maximum amount in salary, but the bonus structure is still unknown, unlikely that he'll see bonuses like the top five picks in the draft.
There were some scouting reports out there suggesting that he is a long-term NHL'er in the making, but his play in the 2016 season, in exhibition games, tournaments and regular season (Sarnia, OHL), hampered his stock and he fell in the 1st round. He already has size and is thought to be very responsible already, as an 18-year old.
It would be tough for Chychrun to crack the NHL roster at 18, being on the blueline, but it looks like if there was a kid to do it out of this draft class, it would be him.