March 30, 2019 | 12:05pm ET



Nick Schmaltz, centre


The Arizona Coyotes have signed centre Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year, $40.95 million contract extension.

Schmaltz, 23, has registered seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 40 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Coyotes so far this season – he was acquired from Chicago on Nov. 25, 2018.

“Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka. “Getting Nick signed to a long-term extension is another positive step towards building a sustainable contender here in the Valley. Ownership continues to commit the resources necessary to solidify our core group of players for years to come.”

In 179 career NHL regular-season games with Chicago and Arizona, the native of Madison, Wisconsin, has accumulated 34 goals and 71 assists for 105 points.

“I’m very excited to sign a long-term contract with the Coyotes,” said Schmaltz. “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. We have a very bright future here and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.”

Schmaltz was originally drafted 20th overall by the Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.