Clayton Keller

by Keith Duggan on March 26, 2017

 

Clayton Keller, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 170

Born: 1998-07-29

Hometown: Swansea, IL, USA

Drafted: 7th overall in 2016 to the Arizona Coyotes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 2017- To no one's surprise, with BU's season coming to an end on Saturday losing to Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, the Coyotes signed Keller to a three-year, entry-level deal on Sunday. He immediately joined the team, practicing with the Coyotes on Sunday afternoon and is expected to make his NHL debut playing against his hometown St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Also with Keller just 19 as of September 15th this year and with less 10 games left this season, he will not burn a year of his entry-level deal joining the Coyotes to finish the campaign. Keller had an outstanding season at BU, leading the team in points with 45 in 31 games as a freshman. He recorded at least one point in 28 of 31 games, tallied 14 multi-point games and finished tied for seventh in all of college hockey with a 1.45 points per game average. Keller was Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Hockey East All-Rookie Team and Hockey East Second All-Star Team. Keith Duggan

 

March 2017- Coyotes General Manager John Chayka recently came out saying he hopes to sign Keller as soon as his season at BU is over. "I think (Keller's) ready to take that next step for sure," Chayka told USA TODAY Sports. "He's been a dominant player at that level and the World Junior Championships. We think he's a special player who can make an impact on a team." Now the question is when will BU season's end? They play BC on March 17th in the Hockey East semifinals and if they win that game on to the finals the next day against the winner of UMass Lowell and Notre Dame. Beyond that the NCAA college hockey regionals are the weekend of March 24-26 and the Frozen Four is scheduled April 6-8 in Chicago. NHL season ends April 9th. In 28 games this season, Keller has 19 goals and 40 points, his 1.43 point per game eighth in college hockey, first among freshman. He's won three straight Hockey East's Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month awards and been named by TSN hockey analyst Craig Button the top prospect outside the NHL while also The Hockey News best prospect in their recent Future Watch issue. Keith Duggan

 

January 2017- It was an outstanding World Junior Championship for Clayton Keller. He helped Team USA win gold by setting up the game-tying goal as the United States rallied from a two-goal, third period deficit to beat Canada in the final. Keller lead his team in points with 11 in seven games, one point behind tournament leaders Kirill Kaprizov and Alex Nylander. He was named one of Team USA's three best players of the Tournament and was named to the Media All-Star Team. Before heading back to BU, Keller gave an interview, hinting that he most likely will turn pro after this season. "I'm definitely going to focus on the rest of the year at BU and hopefully finish on a high note," Keller said. "I'll see where I'm at at the end of the year, but everyone wants to be in the NHL as fast as possible." Keith Duggan

 

December 2016- In his first game of the 2017 U20 World Junior Championship, Keller racked up two goals for USA against Latvia, helping his team to a 6-1 win. A big scorer for USA at the U18 tournament, Keller is expected to keep that going and it wouldn't be surprising to see him lead everyone in points at the end of the day. Despite missing some time last month with a lower body injury since returning to the BU lineup on December 9th, he's put up six points showing no rust in his game. Keith Duggan

 

November 2016- After helping Boston University men's ice hockey team take three out of four points in a weekend series with Northeastern, Clayton Keller has been named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. He racked up two goals and two assists in the weekend series including a shorthand tally. This is the second Hockey East Rookie of the Week honor for Keller, who has nine points on the year, leading the team with five goals and four assists. Unfortunately in the second game of the weekend, he left in the third period with a knee injury. While the extent of it is not known yet, this could be a big blow to BU. Despite some pressure from OHL's Windsor General Manager Warren Rychel to leave college and join his team, Keller seems to be enjoying his time at BU, in what has been so far a dominating season. Keith Duggan

 

June 2016- The Arizona Coyotes surprised at the 2016 NHL draft by selecting the super skilled Clayton Keller seventh overall. Originally thought the Coyotes would take a defense prospect instead they went with the scoring juggernaut who turned heads in the United States Development Program. Committed to Boston University, Keller will play there for at least a season or two before turning pro. Keith Duggan

 

March 2016 – Clayton Keller is an offense first forward who uses his high end skating and excellent puck control to be a dangerous player in the offensive zone. With exceptional on-ice vision, Keller has the ability to make defenders look foolish on a nightly basis with shifty dangles, a lethal wrist shot, and deadly accurate passing. He has excellent situational awareness which enables him to also play a sound two-way game and be used in all situations, including on the penalty kill. Diminutive in stature but not shy in traffic, Keller will need to grow into his body and show that he can withstand a long season against larger forwards before he can cement a job in the NHL. - Aynsley Scott

Fantasy Outlook: A

While size is a concern, Keller has huge upside as a top line player in the NHL, drawing comparisons to Patrick Kane.

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  • BU_Alum

    Saturday game video. Deft touch pass by Keller on first goal

    Friday game video. 2 goals. Great individual effort on shortie.

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