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Clayton Keller

Clayton Keller
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Keller in 2017
Born (1998-07-29) July 29, 1998 (age 21)
Chesterfield, Missouri, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2016
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2017–present

Clayton Keller (born July 29, 1998) is an American professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Keller was selected 7th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Coyotes.[1]

Playing career

Amateur

Keller played in the 2010 and 2011 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the St. Louis Blues minor ice hockey team.[2]

Keller joined the US National Team Development Program in 2014 and finished his NTDP career in 2016, setting the record for all-time points with 189, ahead of Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, Jeremy Bracco, and Auston Matthews. His record was eventually broken by Jack Hughes in 2019.[3] Keller also finished his NTDP career second all-time in assists.[4]

Keller freshman season with Boston University was the 2016-2017 season, where he led the team in scoring with 21 goals and 24 assists in 31 games. He was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year for 2016-17.[5]

Professional

Keller was selected 7th overall by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. With Boston's exit from the NCAA tournament, [6] he signed a three-year NHL entry-level contract with the Coyotes on March 26, 2017[7][8] and played in his first NHL game the next night against his hometown team, the St. Louis Blues.[9] He earned his first NHL point with an assist in the next game, also against the Blues.[10][11]

Keller was named NHL Rookie of the Month for October 2017 after he became the franchise's first rookie to record at least nine goals in one month since Teemu Selänne in March 1993.[12] He also became the franchise's first rookie to record 15 points in a month since Selänne and Keith Tkachuk in March 1993.[13][12] On March 21, 2018, passed Peter Mueller for most points, 55, by a Coyote rookie since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg before the 1996-97 season.[14] Keller was again named the NHL Rookie of the Month in March, after he led all rookies with 13 assists and 19 points in 17 games and recorded a 10-game points streak, which was the longest by any rookie in the 2017-18 season.[15] Before the conclusion of the regular season, Keller was awarded three team awards; Team MVP, Leading Scorer Award, and the Three Star Award.[16] Keller completed his rookie season with 42 assists and 65 points, leading the team in points and goals, as well as tying for assists.[17] On April 22, 2018, Keller was named one of the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to top first-year player.[18]

On September 4, 2019, the Coyotes re-signed Keller to an eight-year, $57.2 million contract extension. The contract is set to begin in the 2020-21 season.[19]

International play

Keller played for Team USA at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, winning the silver medal, where he finished as top scorer.[20]

Keller was a member of Team USA that won a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships. At the 2016 IIHF World U18 Championships, Team USA won the bronze medal and Keller was Team USA's scoring leader. Keller was awarded MVP of the tournament.[21] At the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Team USA won the gold medal and Keller led Team USA in scoring [22] and was named to the tournament All-star team.[23]

Keller was selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, held in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany. Team USA finished in 5th place. Keller registered five goals and two assists in 8 games. On April 19, 2019, Keller was selected to represent Team USA for the second time at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, held in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.[24] Team USA finished in 7th place. Keller registered two goals and two assists in 8 games.

Records

  • Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes rookie points record - 65[25]
  • Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes record for fewest games needed to reach 100 career points - 132 games[26]

Personal life

Keller was born to Bryan, a certified public accountant, and Kelley Keller. Keller's younger brother also plays hockey.[27]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 U.S. National Development Team USHL 61 34 48 82 28 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 U.S. National Development Team USHL 62 37 70 107 40 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Boston University HE 31 21 24 45 26 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 3 0 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
2017-18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 23 42 65 24 -- -- -- -- --
2018-19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 14 33 47 24 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 167 37 77 114 48 -- -- -- -- --

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 6 7 13 4
2015 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 5 9 0
2016 United States WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 10 14 2
2017 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 3 8 11 2
2017 United States WC 5th 8 5 2 7 2
2019 United States WC 7th 8 2 2 4 0
Junior totals 27 17 30 47 8
Senior totals 16 7 4 11 2

Awards and honors

Award Year Cite
College
HE All-Rookie Team 2017 [28]
HE Rookie of the Year 2017 [29]
HE Second All-Star Team 2017 [30]
NHL
NHL Rookie of the Month October, March 2017-18 [31][15]
NHL All-Star Game 2019
International
IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World U18 Championships Most Valuable Player 2016 [32]
IIHF World U20 Championships All-Star Team 2017 [33]

References

  1. ^ "Coyotes Select Keller 7th Overall at 2016 NHL Entry Draft". nhl.com. June 25, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Jack Hughes breaks NTDP points record, Cole Caufield breaks goals record". mihockey.com. March 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "All-Time Records". usahockeyntdp.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S CLAYTON KELLER IS 2017 TIM TAYLOR NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR". Hockey Commissioners Association. April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Vest, Dave (March 26, 2017). "Keller Scores Goal, But BU Exits NCAA Tournament". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Coyotes Sign Keller to Entry-Level Contract". nhl.com. March 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Coyotes Sign Clayton Keller". SB Nation College Hockey. March 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Vest, Dave (March 28, 2017). "'Yotes Notes: Keller Makes NHL Debut in Hometown". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Keller earns first NHL point on assist". foxsports.com. March 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Vest, Dave (March 30, 2017). "'Yotes Notes: Keller Notches First NHL Point". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Keller named NHL's top rookie in October". NHL.com. November 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Coyotes Clayton Keller NHL rookie of the month". Belleville News-Democrat. November 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Yerdon, Joe (March 21, 2018). "Keller sets Coyotes rookie records in win against Sabres". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Keller Named NHL Rookie of the Month for March". NHL.com. April 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Coyotes Announce 2017-18 Award Winners". NHL.com. April 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Morin, Richard (April 10, 2018). "Arizona Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller has captained the team's youth movement". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Calder Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Coyotes Sign Keller To Eight-Year Contract Extension". Arizona Coyotes. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Nov 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge". hockeycanada.ca. November 2, 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (April 24, 2016). "Keller named MVP". iihf.com. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "Team USA Wins Gold at World Juniors In Epic Fashion". usahockey.com. January 5, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (January 6, 2017). "Chabot named MVP". iihf.com. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ "First 17 players named to 2019 U.S. Men's national team". USA Hockey. April 19, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "Clayton Keller breaks Coyotes rookie points record in win over Sabres". March 22, 2018.
  26. ^ "Clayton Keller breaks Arizona Coyotes record previously set by Max Domi". January 20, 2019.
  27. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (December 20, 2017). "Keller packing big game into small frame for Coyotes". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ Sarah Hall (March 26, 2017). "Clayton Keller signs Entry Level Contract with the Coyotes". Five For Howling.
  29. ^ "BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S CLAYTON KELLER IS 2017 TIM TAYLOR NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR". Hockey Commissioners Association. April 7, 2017.
  30. ^ Mark Brown (March 27, 2017). "Coyotes Look For Keller to Develop". Hockey Wrtiters.
  31. ^ "Keller on Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. November 2, 2017.
  32. ^ "Keller named MVP". u18worlds2016.iihf.com. April 24, 2016.
  33. ^ "5 Things learned from Day 1 of World Juniors". NHL.com. December 26, 2016.

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