NHL Draft Week: How The Phoenix Coyotes Were Made

Justin K. Aller

A look at when and where the current group of Coyotes were drafted.

It's Draft week! CHL players, college players, European players and other hockey players from around the world will be drafted into the NHL on Sunday. They will hear their names announced before donning their new new colors, NHL colors, over their suits.

We here at Five For Howling will kick off draft week with a look at how the Phoenix Coyotes' roster was built. What year and by which team was the current pack of Yotes selected? While there will obviously be a ton of first rounders on the team, the majority of the team's construction involves players not picked in either of the first two rounds.

Forwards:

Shane Doan: 1st round (7th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets (1995)
Radim Vrbata: 7th round (212th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche (1999)
Martin Hanzal: 1st round (17th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes (2005)
Antoine Vermette: 2nd round (55th overall) by the Ottawa Senators (2000)
Mikkel Boedker: 1st round (8th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes (2008)
Lauri Korpikoski: 1st round (19th overall) by the New York Rangers (2004)
Boyd Gordon: 1st round (17th overall) by the Washington Capitals (2002)
David Moss: 7th round (220th overall) by the Calgary Flames
Rob Klinkhammer: Undrafted
Kyle Chipchura: 1st round (18th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens (2004)
Chris Conner: Undrafted
Alexandre Bolduc: 4th round (127th overall) by the St. Louis Blues (2003)
Paul Bissonnette: 4th round (121st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins (2003)

Defensemen:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: 1st round (6th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes (2006)
Zbynek Michalek: Undrafted
Keith Yandle: 4th round (105th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes (2005)
Derek Morris: 1st round (13th overall) by the Calgary Flames (1996)
Rostislav Klesla: 1st round (4th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets (2000)
Michael Stone: 3rd round (69th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes (2008)
David Schlemko: Undrafted

Goalies:

Mike Smith: 5th round (161st overall) by the Dallas Stars (2001)
Jason LaBarbera: 3rd round (66th overall) by the New York Rangers (1998)
Chad Johnson: 5th round (125th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins (2006)

Overview (Coyotes season-ending roster by round):

1st round: 9
2nd round: 1
3rd round: 2
4th round: 3
5th round: 2
6th round: 0
7th round: 2
Undrafted: 4

The current roster construction lends evidence to the belief that it is much more difficult to predict how prospects pan out after the first round. But, it also shows talent can be found in the middle rounds as 30 percent of the roster is made up of players drafted in rounds 3-5.

With the 2013 NHL Draft on the horizon, an influx of new talent will enter the league and the Coyotes locker room. The Yotes have seven picks in this year's draft including an extra third round pick (but no fourth round pick).

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