It was announced today that the Arizona Coyotes and Christian Dvorak have reached an agreement on a six-year $26.7 million extension.
League source: Christian Dvorak's six-year extension has an AAV of $4.45M.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) August 9, 2018
The Coyotes first drafted Dvorak 58th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Dvorak was definitely a sleeper hit for the Coyotes and over the next two seasons with the London Knights he scored 230 points.
Dvorak has spent two seasons playing in the NHL, finishing with 15 goals and 18 assists in his first season and 15 goals and 22 assists in his second year. The 22 year old still has one year left on his entry level contract and was scheduled to be a restricted free agent after next season.
An important thing to keep in mind when looking at his numbers is that they largely come at even strength. Of Dvorak’s 30 total goals 26 were recorded at even strength, and of his 40 total assists 32 came at even strength. While the numbers may not be huge Dvorak has shown that he can play the game at even strength and contribute and he doesn’t need the power play to pad his numbers. According to Hockey-Reference.com other players that have scored at a similar rate in their age 20 and 21 seasons include Mika Zibanejad, Elias Lindholm, and Brandon Dubinsky.
With the Coyotes recent additions it was a bit of a mystery how things will shape up with the forwards next season. The Coyotes locking Dvorak at long term seems to suggest that he is in the teams long term plans and may be their third center behind Derek Stepan and either Alex Galchenyuk or Dylan Strome