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Arizona Coyotes sign prospect F Ryan McGregor to entry-level deal

Exterior view of what is now Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes, on November 16, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Thursday the signing of OHL forward Ryan McGregor to a three-year entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old played 52 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting last season, serving as the team’s captain for the second year in a row. He had 27 goals and 41 assists to go with 68 points and has 228 points in 286 career OHL games.

He’s 6 feet tall, 168 pounds and is from Burlington, Ont.

During the 2018-19 season, McGregor got in four games with the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs, who drafted McGregor in the sixth round of the 2017 Draft.

Per the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), 21 is the oldest age that a player can sign an entry-level contract for a three-year term. At age 22, ELCs become two years, and only one year at age 24. Players are ineligible for entry-level deals at age 25. They have an NHL limit of $925,000.

The signing comes as the NHL season is put on pause during the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Sunday that “any signing means the deal is dated July 1 and goes into effect next season.” July 1 is the date that the NHL, under normal circumstances anyway, allows free agents to sign with teams. LeBrun said that, in the meantime, current-year contracts aren’t allowed because the league isn’t sure what the rest of the year looks like.

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