Miska one and done at Minnesota Duluth, signs entry-level deal with Coyotes

28 Jan 17: Hunter Miska (Minnesota Duluth - 35). The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs play against the St. Cloud State University Huskies in the Championship game of the North Star College Cup at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.).  The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs play against the St. Cloud State University Huskies in the Championship game of the North Star College Cup at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. (Jim Rosvold)
Hunter Miska won 27 games as a freshman for Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17 (photo: Jim Rosvold).

The Arizona Coyotes announced Saturday that the team has signed Minnesota Duluth freshman goaltender Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract.

“We are very pleased to sign Hunter to an entry-level contract,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka in a statement. “Hunter was one of the top goalies in the NCAA last year and he was highly coveted by numerous NHL teams. We are excited to have him join our organization and look forward to watching him develop.”

The 21-year-old Miska posted a 27-5-5 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.20 GAA with five shutouts in 2016-17 for the NCAA tournament runner-up Bulldogs.

Miska was also named a finalist for the Mike Richter Award.

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  1. When a player is 21 years old I understand the allure of leaving college hockey to begin a professional career. Nevertheless, I hate to see a player as good as have so short a stay at the college level. Good luck to him in his pro career.

  2. When they say, “look froward to watching him develop” it does not mean a short path to the Coyotes. Even though he played great this year, I think he might be making a big mistake. Miska might languish in the minors for quite a while.

      • We can meet and I will buy you a beer if you go to the game. Terry wants to stay, he said it Friday at DU awards banquet. If he stays, I think the rest will too.

        • I think losses will be minimal for DU. Should be another good team next year for your guys. Hoping the incoming UND guys will play well. Some are having great playoffs in the BCHL.

          I’m planning on going…..may be just me unless we can talk someone into watching the kids for the weekend so the wife can come as well. May be tough with school that Friday, though.

          • I think if Terry stays, we will have two very good lines. Terry, Gambrell, and Lukosevicius on first line and Borgstrom, Finlay, and Conley on second line. Maybe you can get parents to babysit for the DU weekend.

  3. I hope that he is seasoned enough to seize upon this opportunity….I think another year in college would have certainly helped with his development.

    • At least one more year of College Hockey would not have hurt him, especially being a goaltender where it takes longer to develop….but one thing for sure Arizona has a good man to teach goaltending in Sean Burke…he seems to get the best out of his goaltenders.

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