Friday, May 29, 2009

Phoenix Coyotes Draft Preview

First Round Position: 6th

Best Picks of last 3 Years:

Peter Mueller-C-1st 2006
Mikkel Boedker-LW-1st 2008
Kyle Turris-C-1st 2007
Viktor Tikhonov-RW-1st 2008
Jared Staal-RW-2nd 2008

Coming Down the Pipe - The Ex-Jets tore up the 2008 draft grabbing the great Dane, a descendant of a Russian legend and the 4th member of Canada’s next royal hockey family. They also grabbed some guys who could be intriguing in Michael Stone, Colin Long and Brett Hextall. The only time Phoenix has missed out on a first round pick is when Blake Wheeler balked at playing in the desert and bolting for Boston.

Draft Trends - Phoenix isn’t afraid to go European with 7 of their last 22 picks growing up across the pond. By contrast, since the 2002 draft the Coyotes have drawn only two players from the QMJHL (three if you stretch to include Keith Yandle who moved north the year after the draft).

Jared Cowen-The ex Jets have a stable of talented forwards and could use a true physical shut down D-man.

Flaming: Jared Cowen – The Coyotes have addressed a lot of future needs via the last few drafts but a big shutdown defender might still be on the wish list and Cowen fits the bill.

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