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Coyotes sign Penn State forward Nate Sucese to 1-year deal

General manager John Chayka of the Arizona Coyotes speaks during a press conference to introduce Taylor Hall (not pictured) at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Coyotes signed an amateur forward for the second day in a row on Friday, adding Penn State’s all-time leading goal scorer Nate Sucese.

The deal is a one-year entry-level contract for the 23-year-old, who had 61 goals in 147 career games over four years with the Nittany Lions. He had 140 points in that time, almost a point-per-game pace.

Penn State lists him at 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds.

He previously played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL.

On Thursday, the Coyotes announced the signing of Ryan McGregor, a forward from the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. He was signed to a three-year entry-level contract.

Both the NCAA hockey season and OHL season are canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, meaning the Coyotes weren’t waiting on the two players to finish their seasons anymore.

The entry-level deals are different lengths partly because of the players’ respective ages. The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) stipulates that players 24 and older can only sign ELCs of one year in length. A player’s contract age is determined by their age on Sept. 15 on the calendar year in which they sign the deal. Sucese will turn 24 in July.


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