The Arizona Coyotes have announced the signing of forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract extension. The contract carries an AAV of $1.75 million. The terms of the agreement were reported by Craig Morgan.
Arizona Coyotes general manager Doug Armstrong had nothing but good things to say about Barrett Hayton in a team statement: “We are very pleased to re-sign Barrett,” said Armstrong. « Barrett is a talented and hardworking young player who has made significant progress over the past year. We are delighted to have him on our roster for this season.
Hayton has just completed his three-year entry-level contract. During the 2021-22 season, he played 60 games with the Coyotes and scored 24 points.
Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, Hayton played his junior career for the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He quickly proved himself to be a quality offensive player, with 60 points in 63 games in his second season. He was selected by the Coyotes fifth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.
During the 2018-19 season, Hayton scored an impressive 66 points in 39 games or 1.69 points per game. Hayton made his NHL debut in the 2019-20 season playing in 20 games and recording four points. Throughout the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Hayton was hampered by injuries which hampered his performance.
Hayton played in three different leagues during the 2020-21 season, including the NHL, AHL and Finnish SM-liiga. He has scored four assists in eight games in Finland. In the AHL, he played 26 games, scoring 10 points. He played 14 games with the Coyotes, recording three points.
Hayton is a talented young player who has yet to fully reach his potential. Over the next two seasons, he will try to carve out a role for the under-talented Arizona Coyotes.