The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have signed goalie David Tendeck to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will begin at the start of the 2020-21 season. The Coyotes announced the deal Monday evening.
Arizona Coyotes Ink David Tendeck
The North Vancouver, B.C. native spent the past season with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. In 35 games played, Tendeck went 18-13-2 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average. Tendeck spent his whole junior career with the Vancouver Giants. In 145 games with the Giants, he amassed a record of 72-54-10 to go along with a .905 save percentage and a 2.96 goals against average.
Having been drafted by the Coyotes in the sixth round, 158th overall in the 2018 NHL draft, Tendeck has been improving steadily. He uses his big frame to his advantage and is technically sound in his movements. When he lets in a bad goal, he does not get flustered easily. He is able to remain focused on the task at hand. He plays his angles well and does not give up juicy rebounds too often.
What This Means for the Future
Before the NHL season was postponed, the Coyotes were struggling. Their offence could not seem to score and their defence was struggling a bit to keep goals out of their own net. Top players such as Phil Kessel, Taylor Hall, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson all seemed to be unable to lead the team into a playoff position.
With the Coyotes signing Tendeck, they get another solid goalie prospect in their system. With the stellar play of Darcy Kuemper earlier in the season, the Coyotes seemed to be set in net at least for the distant future. The best case scenario for the Coyotes is to let Tendeck continue to develop and go at his own pace. While the past season for Coyotes fans has been a rollercoaster ride, they can find solace knowing that they have another solid prospect developing in their system.