This year the Phoenix Coyotes will be drafting 12th overall, and while they will be looking for the next Marian Hossa, recently voted best No. 12 first round pick by NHL.com's Dream Draft panel, they will hopefully be able to draft a good player who in a few years will be able to contribute at the NHL level. Today we are going to break down the last five 12th overall picks and see what value has been had just outside of the top-10.
Mikhail Grigorenko (Center/Right Wing - Buffalo Sabres)
Last year's 12th overall pick actually saw NHL ice time right away with the Sabres after initially starting out the shortened season with the QMJHL Quebec Remparts during the lock out. He ended up scoring a goal and five points in 22 games before being sent back to the Remparts in March. After being sent down, he lead the Remparts in scoring with 14 points in 11 games.
Ryan Murphy (Defenseman - Carolina Hurricanes)
Murphy has seen a little ice time with the Hurricanes, playing only four games last season. He has spent the majority of his time with his OHL team the Kitchener Rangers; including being made captain in September of last year. He has an impressive resume that includes being named Defenceman of the Tournament at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championship. However, he did suffer a severe concussion in 2011 which may end up limiting his professional career.
Cam Fowler (Defenseman - Anaheim Ducks)
Fowler has been playing with the Ducks since he was drafted. He played 76 games his first season where he finished 10-30-40 and was selected for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game for the rookie team. The next year he played all 82 games, however his production did decrease slightly as his goal total halved (5) and his point total dropped to 29. Fowler was originally rated as the fifth best North American prospect in his draft year but he managed to drop to 12th overall. A highly regarded prospect dropping (a la Brandon Gormley), would be a great addition for the Coyotes.
Calvin de Haan (Defenseman - New York Islanders)
So far, de Haan has played one game with the New York Islanders (during the 2011-12 season) and injury problems cut his 2012-13 season with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers short. He is still a highly touted defensive prospect who, if he can get over his shoulder problems, can probably see NHL ice on a regular basis.
Tyler Myers (Defenseman - Buffalo Sabres)
Tyler Myers is probably the best 12th overall pick since Hossa. He spent the year following his draft playing in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets before moving up to the Sabres in 2009. He played all 82 games his first year, leading the Sabres in time on ice.He scored 11 goals and 48 points as a rookie en route to winning the Calder Trophy. He eventually signed a 7-year deal with the Sabres in September 2011.
As you can see, the 12th overall pick can be very advantageous for the Coyotes. In the past five years, every 12th pick has played at least one NHL game and there have been some big success stories like Tyler Myers' Calder Cup win. If the trend continues, we can expect to see this year's 12th overall pick on the team sometime in the next two years. , knowing General Manager Don Maloney and Head Coach Dave Tippett, they probably will not rush the prospect through the system.