DETROIT -- The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed forward Willie Coetzee to a three-year entry level contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Coetzee, 18, was invited to training camp on an amateur tryout.
he Maple Ridge, British Columbia native spent last season playing with fellow Red Wings prospect Landon Ferraro (second round, 2009 NHL Entry Draft) on the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
Coetzee finished the season with 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 72 games. He also posted 42 penalty minutes.
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