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NHL Draft Profiles 2016: Could Matthew Tkachuk Add Skill To The Wing?

The Coyotes have a chance to bring in another son of a former NHLer into the fold, will they if he's available at 7?

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Matthew Tkachuk had an amazing rookie season with the London Knights playing with Mitch Marner (TOR) and Arizona's own Christian Dvorak. Tkachuk also has an Arizona Coyotes connection; his father Keith was the first Captain of the Coyotes in Phoenix. The son of a Coyote coming home to Arizona would undoubtedly be a great story, especially when that son is as talented as Tkachuk is.

Matthew Tkachuk -€” Left Wing -  London Knights (OHL)

2015-16 Stats - 57 GP - 30 G, 77 A, 80 PIM

At 6'1" and 194 pounds, Matthew Tkachuk is not a 'small' winger. He is a skilled winger who can drive play and also create time and space for his linemates. Tkachuk had a strong World Juniors showing, with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 7 games for Team USA, and he only got better as the season progressed.

He is a very fast skater that has some edge to his game, but doesn't put himself out of it just to make a hit. He also had a lights out postseason for London, with 20G, 20A in 18 games. Tkachuk had a very strong Memorial Cup performance (5G, 3A in 8 games), scoring the OT winner for the Memorial Cup versus Royan-Noranda.

Perhaps most importantly for the Coyotes, Tkachuk would address an issue that while not as pressing as the lack of defensive depth is to Arizona's success, still poses a problem. Nick Merkley, Christian Fischer, and Conor Garland are all exciting prospects with high talent ceilings, but they all play on the right wing. By contrast, Brendan Perlini and Michael Bunting are really the only two on the left wing who have shown NHL potential, and both of them have undergone their fair share of struggles.

Drafting Tkachuk would add a very high caliber player to the left side, which could give the Coyotes enough flexibility to move pieces as needed to land an established defenseman via trade. And even if a deal could not be reached, there's no such thing as too much talent.