The Arizona Coyotes have reportedly signed Czech forward Jan Jenik to an entry-level contract after his season in the OHL came to an end.
Per the Athletic’s Craig Morgan, Jenik posted on Instagram that an ELC has been signed, with the Bulldogs being eliminated from the OHL playoffs by the Ottawa 67s.
With Jenik originally being drafted out of the Czech pro league, in the third round (65th overall) of the 2018 entry draft, the promising forward could find himself featuring for the Tucson Roadrunners very soon.
The 6-foot-1, 165lbs versatile forward made the move to North America after featuring in both the top and second professional leagues in his homeland – but it was in the OHL that he truly dominated.
In just 27 regular season games in Hamilton, Jenik notched 13 goals and had 30 total points – helping to guide the Bulldogs to the playoffs.
Jenik managed to make just two playoff appearances, however, after chipping a bone in his foot – he had one assist in the two playoff appearances prior to suffering the injury that saw him miss the final tilt of the post-season series.
Once his foot has healed, Jenik could get some minutes in the AHL playoffs with the Roadrunners – where he will get a closer look from the Arizona Coyotes ahead of the 2019/20 season.
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The progress of the Coyotes’ third-round pick has been impressive enough for the organisation to give him his first NHL contract.
If Jenik is able to become a solid NHL player in the near future, his selection in the middle of the 2018 draft will be viewed as a slam dunk for general manager John Chayka.
Chayka has helped mould the Coyotes into a team with a bright and promising future and if Jenik can become a part of it then it will be another reason fans should feel excited about the team’s development of prospects.
While Jenik’s Instagram post is out there, the organisation has not yet made an official statement on Jenik signing his entry-level deal.
What do you think Coyotes fans? Are you pleased to see that Jenik might have signed an entry deal and could be playing AHL minutes imminently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!