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Arizona Coyotes select Cam Dineen with the 68th overall pick

The Coyotes choose another American with defensive prospect Cam Dineen.

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Of the four players the Arizona Coyotes have drafted or acquired in the 2016 NHL Draft, all four are Americans. Illinois native Clayton Keller at #7, Florida native Jakob Chychrun at #16, New Jersey native Anthony DeAngelo in a trade at #37, and now fellow New Jerseyan Cam Dineen at #68.

Cam Dineen - Defenseman - North Bay Battalion (OHL)

2015-16 Stats: 68 GP - 13 G, 46 A, 18 PIMs

The Coyotes would have had an extended look at Dineen this season, as he was the partner of Kyle Wood, one of the two prospects Arizona acquired in the Mikkel Boedker trade with Colorado and one of the few skilled defensive prospects Arizona had in their system prior to this weekend.

Dineen proved to be an offensive prowess in his own right; the Toms River native finished second in points among defensemen in the NHL, ahead of the highly touted Mikhail Sergachev, who went 9th overall to the Montreal Canadiens. He had eight assists in an eleven game playoff run that ended in the second round.

John Fischer, of All About the Jersey - SB Nation's New Jersey Devils site - had this to say about their native son:

The 165 shots he put on net in 2015-16 show that he's been very much involved in North Bay's attack, he's more than just a distributor as his 43 assists suggest. Do note that 28 of those 43 assists came on special teams - 24 on the power play, four on the penalty kill; that did help his production.

Brock Otten of OHL Prospects ranked Dineen as his tenth best OHL player in this year's draft:

Dineen's best asset is far and away his ability to see the ice offensively. His hockey sense is elite and his brain for the game is going to carry him places. I saw North Bay a lot this year and I honestly can't remember him making a bad pass out of his own end.

If you are seeing a theme among Arizona's picks on defense, it's that they all are highly regarded for their decision making and their ability to make good first passes out of their own end. John Chayka has a vision for his defensive corps, and he is acting on it.

Dineen is a little small (5'11", 185 pounds), but will get another season at North Bay to continue improving. And if the Anthony DeAngelo Experiment doesn't work out for the Coyotes, Dineen could be a solid choice that pays dividends as well.