GLENDALE, ARIZ., - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenseman Connor Murphy, their first pick in the 2011 draft, to an entry-level contract.
Murphy was selected with the 20th overall pick in June's draft.
"We are happy to sign Connor to an entry-level contract," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney in a statement. "He is a terrific talent and we look forward to seeing him in a Coyotes uniform in the future."
Murphy played just 11 games with the United States National Under-18 Team from 2009-11 because of injury and recorded three goals with one assist.
The Boston native, who is the son of former NHL player Gord Murphy, led all U.S. defensemen with three goals and a plus-seven rating in six games at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Championship.