The Arizona Coyotes have signed prospect forward Matias Maccelli to a three-year entry-level contract, following the new transfer agreements the NHL announced earlier today. Maccelli played last season in the top Finnish league, where he was named Rookie of the Year.
Originally selected in the 2019 fourth round, the 19-year old Maccelli starred in the USHL during his time in North America but decided to return to Finland for the 2019-20 season. He scored 13 goals and 30 points in 43 games for his club team, and also added another five points as one of the leaders on Finland’s World Junior contingent.
It’s hard to have a better development year than Maccelli just experienced and now he’ll get the chance to show what he can do in the Coyotes’ system. He could potentially be sent to the AHL next season to join the Tucson Roadrunners, something Coyotes GM John Chayka suggested to Craig Morgan of The Athletic, though there is always the option to send him back to Finland as well.
Either way, Arizona has landed another interesting prospect to add to a pipeline that is brimming with talent.