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Who is the greatest Coyotes draft pick of all time? The final four

The tournament to choose Arizona's best draft pick boils down to the final four.

Christian Petersen

And then there were four.

After six days of voting, you have chosen the two players who move one to face Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle in the semi-final to determine who the greatest Arizona Coyote draft pick of all time is.

With a whopping 63 percent of the vote, Martin Hanzal (defeating Ossi Vaananen) and Mikkel Boedker (defeating Daniel Briere) moved on to face the defensemen in a pair of offense vs. defense match-ups.


(1) Keith Yandle

(5) Mikkel Boedker


(2) Oliver Ekman-Larsson

(3) Martin Hanzal


Yandle vs. Boedker

One is a established star, the other is a star on the rise.

Yandle's Case

Quite possibly the most polarizing player in Coyotes history, Yandle carved out his niche as a highly-gifted offensive defenseman with a penchant for spectacular turnovers. While everyone makes mistakes, the Boston native's seem to be a bit more flamboyant than others. However, his elite offensive ability makes up for any blunders in his own end.

How elite are Yandle's offensive numbers? Over the past five seasons, the alternate captain's 226 points are third among all NHL defensemen, only behind Duncan Keith (242) and Erik Karlsson (237). Yandle is also as reliable as they come, not missing even a single game in five seasons.

The 27-year-old's 270 career points places him 18th all time in Jets/Coyotes NHL history and sixth among defensemen. Not bad for a fourth round pick.

Boedker's Case

It is hard to believe the young Dane has already played parts of six seasons with the Coyotes since being drafted eighth overall in 2008. In 338 NHL games, Boedker has 53 goals and 146 points. The 24-year-old has just started his ascension into a bona fide top-six forward, setting new career highs across the board last season.

Like Yandle, Boedker does not miss many games, playing every single one over the past three seasons.

Ekman-Larsson vs. Hanzal

First round picks four years apart, the big two-way center takes on the all-around defenseman.

Ekman-Larsson's Case

In a draft with most of the defensive attention on fellow countryman Victor Hedman, the Coyotes came out with arguably the best defenseman of the draft when they selected Ekman-Larsson sixth overall.

OEL now has four NHL seasons under his belt and has improved in every campaign.

The young Swede has blossomed into Arizona's No. 1 defenseman, playing the most minutes and against the toughest competition. He is an integral part of both the power play and penalty kill and fits the old cliche of a player you want on the ice up or down a goal in the final minute.

Ekman-Larsson's 111 points in 258 games is a solid start to what should be a very promising career. The only reason OEL is not already a two-time all-star is the simple fact that there has not been an all-star game since the 2011-12 season.

Hanzal's Case

If it feels like Hanzal has been a staple in Arizona's lineup for a while, that's because he has. Hanzal has patrolled the center ice position for seven years and has played on the Coyotes' "top line" for the past three.

In 456 games, the 6'6" center put up 80 goals and 222 points. He is a physical, cost-efficient player who most teams would love to have centering their second line.

The Czech forward is a physical player that contributes on the power play and can penalty kill as needed. While he has been a bit injury prone the past four seasons, when he is on the ice, he is more than a half point per game player.


So loyal readers, who do you think were the better choices? Vote now!