The Arizona Coyotes seem to have a need at every position this year. But the longest sustained weakness in the team's depth has been at the center position.
With the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Coyotes opted to address this problem by selecting Dylan Strome from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.
Strome turned heads this season by leading all of major-juniors with a whopping 129 points (45 goals, 84 assists). At 6' 3", Strome has the potential to go toe to toe with the Pacific Division's sizable centers like Ryan Getzlaf and Anze Kopitar. His penchant for points should prove to be a highly potent combination with the likes of Max Domi and Anthony Duclair.
However, the Mississauga, Ontario native is likely not going to make an impact for the Coyotes this season. At 185 pounds, he still has some growing to do. And Arizona will want to avoid the mistake they made with their last selection at 3rd overall - Kyle Turris - by rushing him to the parent club and stunting his overall development.
Still, it's hard to argue with the choice the Coyotes made here. Strome definitively addresses the team's lack of center depth, and even if he does not realize his true potential, he should be a valuable and effective member of the Arizona Coyotes for years to come.