2022 NHL Draft picks are continuing to fly off the “unsigned” board. Today, the Arizona Coyotes signed 11th overall pick Conor Geekie to his three-year entry-level contract, per general manager Bill Armstrong. Presumably, the contract will carry a max entry-level cap hit of $950K.
Geekie was ranked all over the map in the first round by public scouts, and although he wasn’t a consensus top-ten pick at the end of the season like he was at the beginning, Arizona still snatched him up just outside of that range. Playing second fiddle on the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE to ninth overall pick Matthew Savoie, Geekie notched 70 points in 63 games.
He’s still a few years out from being an NHL impact player, in all likelihood. But Arizona is still getting a high-end prospect that mainly excels as a two-way center that’s tough to play against both at even strength and on the penalty kill. He’s got size teams and scouts dream of at 6′ 4″ and 200+ pounds, and he still boasts decent offensive upside (although maybe not as much as teams hoped pre-season).
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Cap hit is $950,000, AAV is $1,716,667, minors salary’s from 2022-23 to 2024-25 is $82,500 each, JUNIOR SALARY: 2022-23: $10,500
Cap Friendly: The Arizona Coyotes have signed 2022 first round pick Connor Geekie to a three-year entry-level contract.
2022-23: $855,000 salary, $95,000 signing bonus and $525,000 in ‘A’ bonuses.
2023-24: $855,000 salary, $95,000 signing bonus and $775,000 in ‘A’ bonuses.
2024-25: $855,000 salary, $95,000 signing bonus and $1 million in ‘A’ bonuses.