The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Dylan Guenther to a three-year entry-level contract today.
It's official!— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 30, 2021
We've signed 2021 first round draft pick Dylan Guenther to a three-year entry-level contract. ✍️ https://t.co/LmdzxCHlM4
The Coyotes drafted Guenther ninth overall after acquiring the Vancouver Canuck’s first-round pick as part of a trade that saw Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland go to Vancouver, and Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel, and a second and seventh exchange come back to the Coyotes.
Last season, Guenther placed 12 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings, finishing with 12 goals and 12 assists. The prior year he won the Jim Piggott Trophy for WHL Rookie of the Year when he finished 26-33-59 in 58 games with the Oil Kings.
Corey Pronman writing for The Athletic, wrote, “[h]is skating, skill, vision, shot, size and compete are all NHL-quality, projecting as NHL average or better in every aspect. . . He is a player, because of the combination of his tools and consistency, whom I can see as a top-line NHL forward. He’s the forward prospect who has the best chance of anyone in the 2021 NHL Draft to become a star.”
Acquiring the ninth overall pick and drafting Dylan Guenther is probably the official start to the rebuild in earnest, and the Coyotes got a great player in Guenther. He gives the Coyotes they have not had since probably Radim Vrbata, a goalscorer.
Next month the Arizona Coyotes’ rookie camp will kick off, giving fans their first chance at seeing Guenther in action. The Coyotes aren’t expected to be good next season, so Guenther will likely be heading back to WHL after camp.