Arizona Coyotes fans had plenty of time to go about their morning business after Cam Dineen was selected in the 3rd round at 68th overall.
With the 158th overall pick, the Coyotes decided to stick with what they were already doing, as they drafted Patrick Kudla from Guelph, Ontario.
Patrick Kudla - Defenseman - Oakville Blades (OJHL)
2015-16 Stats: 50 GP - 13 G, 53 A, 86 PIMs
Arizona will be getting a defensive player that will be easy to watch no matter where he ends up next season; the defenseman is committed to play for Arizona State University next year, which means theoretically he and the Coyotes will be sharing a barn for the next few years.
Kudla himself has produced good numbers over the past couple of seasons, but its not immediately apparent how readily those numbers will translate to much tougher competition in the NCAA.
We don't know a whole lot about Kudla right now, but what do know is encouraging.
Kudla is a solid playmaker who does a tremendous job of getting the puck in the offensive zone. Has experience as a forward. @CataCarryOn— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) June 25, 2016
Clearly Arizona is loading up on puck-moving defensemen; every choice Arizona has made this draft outside of #7 pick Clayton Keller has been for a guy on the back-end who can move the puck around. That was General Manager John Chayka's rationale for acquiring the negotiating rights to Alex Goligoski earlier this month.
For now, Kudla is the highest drafted prospect in ASU history. Hopefully his selection is the beginning of a long-line of ASU players making their way to the NHL.