Trend continues: Coyotes sign German League power forward Plachta

The dark one is German. Not the red head.

ProHockeyTalk

On Thursday, Coyotes GM Don Maloney announced the signing of German winger Matthias Plachta to a one-year entry-level contract.

“Matthias is a big, skilled winger who had a very good season in the German League,” Maloney said in a statement. “We look forward to him continuing his development in our organization.”

Plachta, 24, has spent the last three seasons with Adler Mannheim, displaying a mix of offensive prowess (35 points in 47 games) and grit (73 PIM). At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he’ll bring some added size to Arizona as well.

While it’s too early to call it movement, there has been a recent trend of NHL clubs looking to the German League for these types of power forwards. Last year, Calgary signed 6-foot-3, 225-pound David Wolf from Hamburg — he appeared in three regular-season and one playoff game — and, earlier this month, Colorado inked Norwegian power forward Andreas Martinsen

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