Coyotes GM Don Maloney is taking the slow build from the ground up approach with the Coyotes, and after several years of patience, the payoff is within sight. The Coyotes have shown great resistance with their young prospects and keeping players like Max Domi in junior allowing him to develop slowly and correctly.
It is a model tried, tested and true as proven by Ken Holland in Detroit, but it seems easier said than done. Stick tap to the Coyotes organization for sticking to this philosophy and Coyotes fans should be excited for the very near future which looks very bright.
1. Max Domi: Right Wing – 5′ 10″ / 200 lbs
Drafted: 12th overall in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Coyotes.
2. Dylan Strome Center – Center – 6′ 3″ / 185 lbs
Drafted: 3rd overall in the first round of the 2015 draft by the Coyotes.
3. Brendan Perlini: Left Wing/Center – 6′ 2″ / 212 lbs
Drafted: 12th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Coyotes.
4. Anthony Duclair: Left Wing – 5′ 11″ / 185
Drafted: 80th overall in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Rangers.
Acquired: The Coyotes acquired Duclair, John Moore, a 2016 1st round round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick from the Rangers for Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 2015 4th round pick.
5. Christian Dvorak: Center/Left Wing – 5′ 11″ / 185 lbs
Drafted: 58th overall in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Coyotes.
6. Henrik Samuelsson: Right Wing – 6′ 3″ / 210 lbs
Drafted: 27th overall in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Coyotes.
7. Nick Merkley: Center/Right Wing – 5′ 10″ / 191
Drafted: 30th overall in the first round of the 2015 draft by the Coyotes.
8. Ryan MacInnis: Center/Left Wing – 6′ 3″ / 185 lbs
Drafted: 43rd overall in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Coyotes
9. Brendan Shinnimin: Center – 5′ 10″ / 185 lbs
Drafted: Was not drafted
10. Klas Dahlbeck: Defense – 6′ 3″ / 207 lbs
Drafted: 79th overall in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks.
Acquired: Arizona received Dahlbeck and a 2015 first round draft pick from Chicago for Antoine Vermette.
Recent roster graduates: Connor Murphy, Brandon Gormley, Lucas Lessio
Players under 25 years old and with less than 25 career NHL games played qualify as a prospect for purpose of this list.
Written by Peter Harling, who can be found on twitter @pharling