Chychrun was the 16th-overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, taken with the pick received in the deal that sent Pavel Datsyuk’s contract to Arizona.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Jakob to a six-year contract extension,” said Coyotes president and GM John Chayka in a release. “Jakob is a young, highly skilled defenceman with an incredibly bright future. He has battled through some adversity with injuries the last two years, but we remain confident that he has the necessary size, talent and work ethic to be one of our core players for many years to come.”
The deal carries a $4.6-million cap hit, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
“I’m thrilled to be with the Coyotes for the next six years,” said Chychrun. “Arizona is where I want to be. I’m excited about our group moving forward and I can’t wait to be a big part of it.”
The 20-year-old was a standout minor-hockey player, applying for exceptional status into the USHL when he was 15 years old. His application was denied and he finished his minor-hockey career in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
He was subsequently drafted into the OHL, where he spent two seasons with the Sarnia Sting.
The dual citizen has represented Canada at the under-17 and under-18 levels.