Clayton Keller

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Clayton Keller
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Born (1998-07-29) July 29, 1998 (age 20)
Chesterfield, Missouri, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
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[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Keller joined the US National Team Development Program in 2014 and finished his NTDP career in 2016, setting the record for the leader in all-time points with 189, ahead of Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, Jeremy Bracco, and Auston Matthews. Keller also finished his NTDP career second all-time in assists.[2]

Keller began his freshman season with Boston University 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.[3]

Professional[edit]

Keller was selected 7th overall by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. With Boston's exit from the NCAA tournament[4] he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes on March 26, 2017[5][6] and played in his first NHL game the next night against his hometown team, the St. Louis Blues.[7] He earned his first NHL point with an assist in the next game, also against the Blues.[8][9]

Keller was named NHL Rookie of the Month for the month of October after he became the franchise's first rookie to record at least nine goals in one month since Teemu Selänne in March 1993.[10] He also became the first rookie to record 15 points in a month since Selänne and Keith Tkachuk did so in March 1993.[11][10] On March 21, 2018, Keller broke the Coyotes rookie points record after recording his 54th and 55th of the season in a 4–1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, surpassing Peter Mueller.[12] 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.[13] Before the conclusion of the regular season, Keller was awarded three team awards; Team MVP, Leading Scorer Award, and the Three Star Award.[14] Keller completed his rookie season with 42 assists and 65 points, leading the team in points and goals, as well as tying for assists.[15] On April 22, 2018, Keller was named one of the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best rookie in the NHL.[16]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 2016 United States
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2017 Canada

Keller played for Team USA at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, winning a silver medal, where he finished as top scorer.[17] 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 Keller led Team USA in scoring to a bronze medal finish, and was awarded MVP of the tournament.[18]

At the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Keller led Team USA in scoring to a gold medal finish[19] and was named to the tournament All-star team.[20]

Records[edit]

Leader in all-time points with the US National Team Development Program (189).[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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
NHL totals 85 23 44 67 24

International[edit]

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
Junior totals 27 17 30 37 8
Senior totals 8 5 2 7 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Cite
College
HE All-Rookie Team 2017 [22]
HE Rookie of the Year 2017 [23]
HE Second All-Star Team 2017 [24]
NHL
NHL Rookie of the Month October, March 2017–18 [25][13]
International
IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World U18 Championships Most Valuable Player 2016 [26]
IIHF World U20 Championships All-Star Team 2017 [27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes Select Keller 7th Overall at 2016 NHL Entry Draft". nhl.com. 2016-06-25. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Records". usahockeyntdp.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  3. ^ "BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S CLAYTON KELLER IS 2017 TIM TAYLOR NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR". Hockey Commissioners Association. April 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ Vest, Dave (2017-03-26). "Keller Scores Goal, But BU Exits NCAA Tournament". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes Sign Keller to Entry-Level Contract". nhl.com. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Coyotes Sign Clayton Keller". SB Nation College Hockey. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  7. ^ Vest, Dave (2017-03-28). "'Yotes Notes: Keller Makes NHL Debut in Hometown". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  8. ^ "Keller earns first NHL point on assist". foxsports.com. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  9. ^ Vest, Dave (2017-03-30). "'Yotes Notes: Keller Notches First NHL Point". nhl.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  10. ^ a b "Keller named NHL's top rookie in October". NHL.com. November 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Coyotes Clayton Keller NHL rookie of the month". Belleville News-Democrat. November 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Yerdon, Joe (March 21, 2018). "Keller sets Coyotes rookie records in win against Sabres". NHL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Keller Named NHL Rookie of the Month for March". NHL.com. April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Coyotes Announce 2017-18 Award Winners". NHL.com. April 7, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018. 
  15. ^ Morin, Richard (April 10, 2018). "Arizona Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller has captained the team's youth movement". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 27, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Calder Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Nov 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge". hockeycanada.ca. 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  18. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (2016-04-24). "Keller named MVP". iihf.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  19. ^ "Team USA Wins Gold at World Juniors In Epic Fashion". usahockey.com. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  20. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (2017-01-06). "Chabot named MVP". iihf.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  21. ^ "Records with USNTDP". USA Hockey National Team Development Program. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  22. ^ Sarah Hall (Mar 26, 2017). "Clayton Keller signs Entry Level Contract with the Coyotes". Five For Howling. 
  23. ^ "BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S CLAYTON KELLER IS 2017 TIM TAYLOR NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR". Hockey Commissioners Association. April 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ Mark Brown (March 27, 2017). "Coyotes Look For Keller to Develop". Hockey Wrtiters. 
  25. ^ "Keller on Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. Nov 2, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Keller named MVP". u18worlds2016.iihf.com. April 24, 2016. 
  27. ^ "5 Things learned from Day 1 of World Juniors". NHL.com. December 26, 2016. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colin White
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2016–17
Succeeded by
Logan Hutsko
Preceded by
Kevin Boyle
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
2016–17
(shared with Anders Bjork and Tyler Kelleher)
Succeeded by
Adam Gaudette
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dylan Strome
Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Pierre-Olivier Joseph