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From the editor's desk: younger players on the spot

Many young Arizona Coyotes are already getting substantial scrutiny. But who are some off-the-radar names worth following this September?

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The Arizona Coyotes are back. Well, at least their young pups are.

Weekend one of camp is in the books, with the young players filling the dreams of many a Coyotes fan with what may be over the next few years.

Max Domi and Anthony Duclair are the obvious names to watch going into this season, and they aren't disappointing. Both have the potential to be stars for this franchise moving forward.

But if the Coyotes are going to become a contender in the Western Conference, they're going to need more than just those two. So here are three more young Coyotes to watch towards the end of rookie camp, and into the team's main training camp:

Henrik Samuelsson - The Brandon Gormley trade wasn't meant to be a message for Samuelsson, but the parallels between Gormley's career and Samuelsson - very talented first rounders who fell out of favor with the organization - has to be obvious.

Thus far in camp, Samuelsson has looked the part of the seasoned camp invite, with good instincts and patient decision-making. His versatility as both a center and a winger could put him in contention for a roster spot should he post a strong training camp.

Tyler Gaudet - While not dramatic, Gaudet posted a successful first season with AHL's Portland last year, scoring eight goals and twelve assists. He even spent two games with the parent club.

Gaudet has never been flashy, even in major-junior. But he will be a restricted free agent next summer. He may also find himself in competition for a roster spot with a strong camp, and should be one of the first names on the list for a bottom six injury call-up.

Dysin Mayo - Should Klas Dahlbeck, Connor Murphy, and Philip Samuelsson all make the Coyotes this camp, Dysin Mayo may be the team's best defensive prospect by default. He can move the puck well, especially in the offensive end. While defensively he could be more consistent, a former late round Coyote proved that great offensive-defensemen can come in the late rounds.

Mayo is making the most of his training camp thus far, and will be very important to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the upcoming WHL season. But the Coyotes need puck movers in their prospect pool, and Mayo could be that guy.

Brendan Perlini, Christian Dvorak, and Dylan Strome will understandably receive the lion's share of scrutiny by the time the veterans take the ice on Friday. But with so many young players that could conceivably make the roster and the available space for them to take, this is shaping up to be the most compelling training camp in recent Coyotes history.

Thoughts

  • Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. This applies to both the City of Glendale, and to yours truly.
  • It's honestly amazing how certain city council members can say with a straight face that they're committed to the Coyotes after consecutive public slights over arena management.
  • Now, if allegations that IceArizona are skimping the city on revenue returns in the original agreement are true, than that is a legitimate reason for Glendale to be concerned. But why does the City care about IceArizona under-reporting their losses? And why make this move so soon after resolving the last arena management dispute?
  • Niklas Treutle looked decent in minimal action. But Springfield has their own goalie - Tyler Beskorowany - under contract. Add in Louis Domingue, and somebody's gotta go to Rapid City. Who will it be?
  • Domingue needs to play the highest level hockey he possibly can, and Treutle needs as much time as possible to adjust to the North American game. It would make the most sense to send Treutle to the ECHL as a starter.
  • I wouldn't give Keith Aulie or Corey Potter much of a chance to make the Coyotes, even on a two-way deal. Of the two, I think Potter stands the best chance, but with so many young defensemen in the running for one or two spots, they can afford to jettison one or both with no substantial repercussions.
  • Lastly, we'll be introducing our new additions to the writing staff this week. We are incredibly excited to welcome them aboard!