Coyotes sign center Nick Schmaltz to 7-year contract extension

Center Nick Schmaltz, acquired by the Coyotes in a big trade with the Blackhawks in November, has signed a seven-year contract extension with Arizona, the team announced Saturday.

The team did not disclose the terms, but Sportsnet reported the contract value at $40.95 million.

Schmaltz, 23, has five goals and nine assists with the Coyotes in 17 games. He last played Dec. 30 before being lost for the season with a lower-body injury. In 23 games with the Blackhawks this season, Schmaltz had two goals and nine assists. He had 21 goals and 31 assists for the Blackhawks last season.

“Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside,” Coyotes GM John Chayka said. “Getting Nick signed to a long-term extension is another positive step towards building a sustainable contender here in the Valley.”

Schmaltz, the 20th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks, was traded to the Coyotes for center Dylan Strome and forward Brendan Perlini.

Strome, 21, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 14 goals and 31 assists in 53 games with Chicago after tallying only six points (three goals, three assists) in 20 games for the Coyotes to open the season. Perlini, 22, Arizona’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft, also had only six points (two goals, four assists) at the time of the trade. He goes into Saturday’s game against the Kings with 11 goals and three assists as a Blackhawk.

“We have a great core of young, talented players in Arizona, and I’m looking forward to coming back healthy next season and contributing for many years to come,” Schmaltz said.

The contract is through the 2025-26 season.