One of the two unsigned prospects Arizona acquired for Mikkel Boedker has put his name on the dotted line.
OHL North Bay d-man Kyle Wood, taken 84th overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday, the club confirmed.
Wood, 19, is known largely for his size — 6-foot-5, 223 pounds — thought he did have a good offensive campaign this season, scoring eight goals and 39 points in 49 games.
While there was no specific reason given why Colorado never signed him to an ELC, Wood did miss significant time to injury during the ’13-14 campaign. He also had to work on particular aspects of his game, per North Bay head coach Stan Butler.
“Sometimes he gets caught standing still and that was one of the things that Colorado was concerned about,” Butler said, per BayToday.ca. “He’s a big body. With big players it takes them a while to get their skating going.”
With Wood signed, Arizona’s focus will now likely shift to the other prospect acquired in the Boedker trade — Conner Bleackley, the 23rd overall pick in ’14.
The WHL Red Deer product has fallen on hard times since getting drafted.
Shortly after getting picked, Bleackley’s junior coach, Brent Sutter, said he wasn’t ready for NHL hockey.
Bleackley then barely spent any time at Avs camp last fall, getting sent back to junior after arriving in inadequate shape, putting forth what Patrick Roy called a “disappointing” effort.
In September, Bleackley — who never received a contract from the Avs — said his lack of an entry-level deal was “in the back of my mind a lot.”
Bleackley is currently sidelined with a wrist injury.