Letunov was originally drafted by the St Louis Blues in the second round of the 2014 draft and was acquired by the Coyotes for defenseman Zbynek Michalek during the 2014-15 season.
Although the 20 year old center had a solid 2015-16 season at the University of Connecticut, leading the team in both goals (16) and assists (24), he didn't seem to fit with the Coyotes long term plans. And while Letunov can make a difference at the college level, most would rank him behind the gluttony of Coyotes center prospects like Dylan Strome, Christian Dvorak, Laurent Dauphin or Ryan MacInnis.
With the 120th overall pick being acquired from San Jose the Coyotes are back to eight picks at this year's draft after previously sending their fifth round pick to Dallas for the negotiation rights to Alex Goligoski.
The Coyotes could also elect to send the pick to the Philadelphia Flyers and retain their third pound pick for the 2017 draft, a condition of the Sam Gagner, Nicklas Grossman trade. (s/t to General Fanager)