After a wildly inconsistent and disappointing lock-out-shortened season, the Phoenix Coyotes will look to continue to build their roster through the draft. The 2013 draft is very deep even after the top prospects (Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin) are off the board. Over the next few weeks, Five for Howling will break down a handful of prospects that could be available for the Coyotes with their pick at number 12 in this year's NHL entry draft, and discuss how the players might fit with the team.
Today's prospect: Adam Erne - LW (Quebec Remparts - QMJHL)
The 6' 1" 195 pound forward from New Haven, CT. has made his home over the last two years in a place Coyotes fans hope to avoid, Quebec City. Under the tutelage of Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, Erne has grown into power forward that can both score and be physical. NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said to NHL.com that Erne has, "a good offensive game, can contribute and put up numbers, but he'll battle and play physical when needed and that's what excites the scouts."
After originally committing to Boston University, Erne elected to enter the 2011 QMJHL draft with the intention of only playing for Roy in Quebec City. Erne was eventually drafted in the second round by the Halifax Mooseheads, and then traded to the Remparts. Erne finished the 2012-2013 season with 28 goals and 72 points in 68 games played. He added another five goals and five assists during Quebec's 11 game playoff run.
On a somewhat odd note, Erne, along with follow teammate Anthony Duclair, was suspended by his team for one game this past January. The suspension was ultimately lifted and reliable news on what caused the suspension in the first place is non existent.
Central Scouting: 26th in North American skaters
Hockey Prospectus: 18th overall
Fit in Phoenix
Erne has the physical game and the offensive prowess to fit into a top-six role with power play duties. Because there is more to his game than just his offensive skill set, Erne could find his way into a third or fourth line role a year sooner than other prospects the Coyotes could select.
While he will not be the flashiest prospect, Erne is a solid player that can make an impact with a defensively strong Coyotes team. He could fit nicely on a line with Boyd Gordon and David Moss in 2014.