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Arizona Coyotes sign David Tendeck to entry-level deal

The promising young goaltender improved each year in juniors.

WHL: NOV 25 Vancouver Giants at Everett Silvertips Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Coyotes continue their ‘off-season’ work during the current NHL pause, signing promising young goaltender David Tendeck to an entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old Vancouver native has agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes and will have a chance at making the Tucson Roadrunners when the 2020/21 season begins.

Tendeck, the Coyotes’ sixth-round (158th overall) selection in the 2018 Draft, earns his first professional contract on the back of a strong season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, for whom he represented in the West’s Second All-Star Team in his draft year.

He earned an 18-11-2 record in his final year of major juniors, with a goals-against average of 2.29 and an impressive save percentage of .920 - both of which were career-highs.

All in all, Tendeck has featured in 145 regular-season games with the Giants and saw his stats improve on a yearly basis, down from a 5.80 GAA over two games in 2015/16 and improved from a .822 Sv% in the same year.

The Coyotes have an abundance of promising and talented goaltenders in their system, with their NHL tandem one of the best in the league and Adin Hill and Ivan Prosvetov also doing a great job in the AHL with the Roadrunners.

Tendeck now enters the mix and will hope to compete for playing time with the Roadrunners, but it could be that he begins his first professional season in the ECHL with the Rapid City Rush.

The jump to the ECHL isn’t nearly as large as the one to the AHL, which would allow Tendeck a chance to adjust to the professional level without the additional pressure of playing one step below the NHL.

If he shows enough in the ECHL, then he will undoubtedly earn his shot in the AHL early on, much like Prosvetov did, taking his opportunities with both hands and becoming a regular in the minors.

While there is no hockey at present, the Coyotes are being proactive in their recruitment for next season and general manager John Chayka is clearly working with the future in mind, locking up players that should be key contributors for the organization’s minor affiliates.