The Arizona Coyotes have officially signed 2019 first-round draft pick Victor Soderstrom to a three-year entry-level contract.
The right-handed defenceman was selected 11th overall by the Arizona Coyotes just a few weeks ago and will now look to push for a spot on the NHL club's roster.
General manager John Chayka was so infatuated with the Swede that he worked tirelessly to trade up from 14th overall, eventually sending the club's second-round pick (45th overall) to the Philadelphia Flyers to jump up three spots.
Now, the team's top young prospect is locked up for the next three seasons. As per team policy, official details have not been officially disclosed but it is expected that the blueliner will receive the maximum salary allowed on an ELC, holding a cap hit of $925,000.
It also looks like Soderstrom will have a real opportunity to compete for a spot on the roster out of training camp.
Per the team's official release, Chayka is looking forward to seeing the young Swede in action at training camp and appears optimistic about his chances of competing for one of the seven spots on the team.
If Soderstrom steps into camp and impresses from day one, it might be difficult for head coach Rick Tocchet to keep him out of the line-up by the opening day of the season.
There has been plenty of talk about the potential for trading veteran Alex Goligoski, who is currently the second-highest paid player on the team's defensive corps, only sitting behind team captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
If Tocchet believes Soderstrom is worthy of inclusion in the line-up, and a trade for Goligoski isn't forthcoming, the likes of Ilya Lyubushkin and Jordan Oesterle could find themselves as the odd-man-out.
It will be interesting to watch Soderstrom's development over the coming years and a positive training camp could see Coyotes fans get a closer look at him far earlier than originally anticipated.