Coyotes Tracks - June 24th, 2012 - The Draft Is Done

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: General Manager Don Maloney (L) and head coach Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes look on during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL Draft is officially over and as far as the hockey media is concerned they Phoenix Coyotes umm exist. The Yotes weren't the big story these past two days, which is fine because the team is used to flying under the radar and it wasn't til late last season where they became the story. And while they may not have been the "winners" of the draft they weren't the "losers" either, which is a good thing. On Day 2 the Coyotes drafted 2 forwards, 4 defensemen, and a goalie, which is probably about what people thought they were going to do, and personally I can not wait to see what these kids can do.

Today's tracks has the coverage of the Coyotes draft, coverage of the NHL draft in general, and there was a trade yesterday so we have some reactions to that.

Also Happy Birthday to Carl Putnam.

Coyotes News

Coyotes Select Seven Players on Day Two of 2012 NHL Entry Draft - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Press release on all the Yotes 2nd day draftees.

Ability undeniable, but Jordan Martinook age may hinder prospects at NHL Draft | Canada.com
Martinook was the Coyotes 2nd round pick.

06/23/2012 - Justin Hache Q & A Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Defenseman Justin Hache answers questions after being chosen by the Coyotes at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Day 2 Draft Interview: James Melindy (PHX) Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Network talks to one of the Coyotes draft picks, James Melindy.

phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 06/23/2012 | Don Maloney
Dave Vest talks to GMDM about he draft.

06/23/2012 - Rick Knickle Recaps Draft Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Knickle sums up the team's outing at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.

The Old New Kids On The Block - Yotesgurl Presents…..
Yotesgurl mentions the new draftees, but her focus is on last year's draft class.

Phoenix Coyotes grab Jordan Martinook, six others | AZ Central
Sarah McLellan breaks down the Coyotes Day 2 draft picks.

Candidate For State Representative Supports Coyotes And Denounces Petition - Five For Howling
Pat Flickner, candidate for State Representative LD 15, has endorsed the Phoenix Coyotes lease agreement and denounced the petition to delay the sale.

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Got Busy at End of Draft's First Round - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Dave Vest talks about the first round.

News From Around The Hockey World

Leafs trade Luke Schenn to Flyers for James van Riemsdyk - Pension Plan Puppets
Pension Plan Puppets thoughts about the trade.

NHL Draft 2012: Four thoughts from Pittsburgh | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Cam Charron gives 4 thoughts from the draft in Pittsburgh.

James van Riemsdyk on Toronto: "It’s basically like playing for the NY Yankees of the NHL." | ProHockeyTalk
Best comment I read was "I completely agree. The Yankees and Maple Leafs are very evenly skilled at hockey."

James van Riemsdyk traded to Leafs for Luke Schenn (Yes, seriously) - Broad Street Hockey
The Leafs and the Flyers did a trade yesterday that only involved players, no draft picks.

The winners and losers of the 2012 NHL Draft | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Sean Leahy writes about some of the players, teams, and organizations he thinks won and lost the draft.

Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: A look at the 2012 Hall of Fame candidates
The Draft is old news, now its time to focus on the Hall of Fame choices.

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