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Arizona Coyotes will select third overall at the 2015 NHL Draft

The Arizona Coyotes fall to 3rd in the draft order after Saturday's Draft Lottery.

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The Arizona Coyotes will pick third overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft after the Edmonton Oilers won the Draft Lottery earlier this evening.

Should the Draft unfold like virtually everybody in the hockey world expects it to, the Coyotes will not have the chance to draft either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Given the generational talent both forwards possess, and the Coyotes' glaring offensive deficiencies, this is a disappointing turn of events (though not entirely unexpected, given there was a 66.5% chance the Coyotes would be bumped to third overall).

However, the consolation prize, if you can even call it that, is the Coyotes will have several darn good players to choose from. Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome have offensive talent in abundance, while Lawson Crouse has size that the Coyotes are lacking in much of their system.

Of course, it's possible Arizona goes a different route and selects defenseman Noah Hanifin to shore up their blueline. The Coyotes' choice with the third overall pick is sure to re-ignite the "draft for need vs. best available" debate.

So cheer up, Coyotes fans. There are many good young players for the Coyotes to choose from. Any of their choices stands a great chance to emerge as a critical component of the Arizona Coyotes' impending rebuilding project.