The Arizona Coyotes have signed North Bay Battalion defenceman Cam Dineen to a three-year entry-level contract. Dineen was selected by Arizona in the third round, 68th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. He scored 13 goals and added 46 assists for 59 points in 68 games in 2015-16, recording the second-most points among OHL defencemen. He was voted to the OHL’s first all-rookie team and tied for second in balloting for rookie of the year with defenceman Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires behind winger Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads.
Dineen had six goals and eight assists for 14 points in only 29 games played last season, after suffering a knee injury against the Oshawa Generals back on December 9th. Dineen called the contract signing an honour, as well as a dream come true. He says he’s thankful that the Coyotes believed in him still after only playing half the season because of injury. Dineen says this is just another step along the road, and he’s got a lot ahead of him. Dineen says he has to have a good summer to have a good season next year, and he’s looking forward to getting out to Arizona for camp. The Troops selected Dineen in the 11th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection from the New Jersey Rockets’ under-19 program.