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Arizona Coyotes sign 2020 draft pick Ben McCartney to entry level contract

June 10th, 2021 by José M. Romero Arizona Republic

The Arizona Coyotes’ first entry-level contract to a member of their 2020 draft class went to the last player they chose last October.

The club on Thursday announced the signing of forward Ben McCartney to a three-year contract, and after he made the leap from Brandon (Canada) of the major junior Western Hockey League to Tucson of the AHL before his season ended, the path is clear for the 19-year-old former seventh-round pick to start next season with the Roadrunners.

McCartney, who will turn 20 this summer, was the 204th player taken in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He scored 13 goals with 24 assists for the Wheat Kings of Manitoba in a 24-game shortened season, then debuted for Tucson on May 8 and scored a goal with an assist.

Puckpedia posted details of McCartney’s deal, which includes an average annual value and NHL salary cap hit of $813,333.

McCartney went on to register three assists in his last three games with Tucson and finish with five points in four regular season games.

“We are very pleased to sign Ben to an entry-level contract,” Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong said in a statement from the team. “Ben had a great junior career and played well for the Roadrunners last season. We look forward to watching him continue to develop next year in Tucson.”

McCartney’s 37 points were second-most in the WHL in 2020. Over four full seasons and a small part of a fifth, he had 61 goals, 90 assists and 238 penalty minutes in 205 career games with Brandon.

Five of his goals this past season were on the power play.

NHL entry-level contracts have a standard length of three years for players between the ages of 18 and 21.

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