The Arizona Coyotes have signed 2018 World Juniors star Tyler Steenbergen to an entry-level contract
Stuck in a rebuild in the middle of the desert, the Arizona Coyotes are looking to get more results out of their rebuild. Especially since their current crop of forwards haven’t been producing. The Coyotes are taking a flyer on an excellent candidate.
With the junior hockey seasons coming to a close, teams are starting to sign undrafted players to entry-level contracts. The Coyotes have announced they have signed forward Tyler Steenbergen to one.
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To some fans, his last name might sound familiar. That’s because Steenbergen is coming off a very impressive showing at the 2018 World Juniors. Though he only had two points (a goal and an assist), his one goal was the game-winner in the gold medal game.
Steenbergen has spent his junior career in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos. During his four-year tenure with them, he has a total of 245 points in 262 games, as of March 6. 188 of those points have come during the past two seasons.
As is the case with many over-agers, Steenbergen’s point totals should be taken with a grain of salt. His dominance is a bit expected, as he is older and has more experience than most of the junior players.
However, Steenbergen has shown the qualities you want to see in an NHL player. He can produce on offense and has an NHL caliber shot. The rest of Steenbergen’s game needs to be developed, but if you can score, you’ll always be in consideration for a spot in the NHL.
Arizona is wise to take a flyer on the Broncos forward. The Coyotes need to improve their organizational depth. At worst, Steenbergen should be a quality AHL forward. He’s a nice guy to take a chance on. It remains to be seen where Steenbergen will start, or if he will report to the organization before this offseason.