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NHL Draft Profiles 2016: Could Jake Bean Be Coming to the Desert?

With the Coyotes looking to add a defenseman at the draft, does it make sense to bring in Jake Bean?

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In this year's NHL Draft there seems to be three top defensive prospects who are going to go early: Olli Juolevi, Jakob Chychrun, and Mikhail Sergachev. They are followed closely by two other very solid players who don't get as much attention, Charlie McAvoy and Jake Bean.

Both have a lot of potential, but perhaps the Arizona Coyotes should look a bit harder at Jake Bean, a young defenseman with a high ceiling.

Jake Bean -€” Defenseman -€” Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

2015-16 Stats -€” 68 GP -€” 24 G, 40 A, 28 PIM

There is a lot of reasons to be excited about Jake Bean; he is a puck moving defensive with great hockey intelligence, excellent skating ability, and a good shot. He is a player that any team would be happy to add to their prospect pool and has the potential to contribute anywhere in the league.

Looking at his offensive skill its easy to see how the Calgary Hitmen were able to rely on Bean and his defensive partner (and 2014 Philadelphia Flyers first round pick) Travis Sanheim to generate offense for the team. Sanheim and Bean were second and third in points on the Calgary team with the next closest defenseman at fourteenth.

Bean's time on the power play will definitely benefit a team looking to add another power play quarterback. The Hitmen were a top five power play team in the WHL and Bean was tied for first in power play goals with twelve and tied for sixth with power play assists with twenty-one.

While Bean's offensive flair make him a coveted target for NHL teams, scouts seem to consistently point to two areas where he needs to improve: his size and his defensive play. Luckily he still has time to improve both in the next few years with two more years in the WHL. At 6'1" he definitely has the needed height, but at 170 he could do with adding on some muscle.

Bean says he tries to model his game after Cam Fowler and Duncan Keith, and he seems to have a similar skill set to former-Coyote Keith Yandle, although he could potentially have a better defensive game by the time he makes it to the NHL level.

At 7th overall, there is likely to be better defenseman ahead of Bean unless Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary all decide to draft defensemen. Bean is also likely to be gone by the time their second pick comes up unless they decide to move up. If he is somehow still available at 20th (he is still on SB Nation's mock draft board as of this writing) and the Coyotes are able to pick him up expect him to take a few years to develop.