The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday evening that they have signed 24-year-old German goaltender Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Treutle was ranked 11th among European goaltenders entering the 2012 draft on the heels of a strong performance for Germany at the 2011 World Juniors Tournament, despite Germany getting relegated.
Last season, playing for Munich EHC in the Deutsche Eisehockey League (DEL) he posted a 20-10-0 record with a .923 Sv%. He’s had consistently strong seasons in the DEL as one of the league’s top goaltenders. While the DEL isn’t the KHL or SHL, Treutle will get a shot at playing for the Springfield Falcons in the AHL with the possibility of growing into a role.
Arizona’s scouts must have their eye on the DEL, because in June they signed Sudbury-native and 2008 2nd round draft pick (Dallas Stars, #59 overall) Tyler Beskorowany to an AHL contract with Springfield.
While Beskorowany is a Canadian and has spent a lot of time in the AHL and ECHL, he spent last season playing for Düsseldorfer EG in the DEL, where he had a 26-15-0 record with a .923 Sv%.
Beskorowany and Treutle will be competing with Louis Domingue for time in Springfield. The 23-year-old Domingue was a 2010 5th round pick for the Coyotes and played seven NHL games last season, posting a .911 Sv% over that span.
The ‘Yotes also signed goaltender Anders Lindback this summer to serve as backup for Mike Smith.
Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.