The Arizona Coyotes had a systemic weakness in their defensive prospect pool. After the 7th overall pick became forward Clayton Keller, it wasn't clear what Arizona's plan to address that weakness was.
It's clear now.
The Coyotes used their final pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to select Dean Stewart at #188 overall. Stewart, a right handed shooting defenseman, caps off a draft full of blueliners for the Coyotes.
Dean Stewart - Defenseman - Portage Terriers (MJHL)
2015-16 Stats: 42 GP - 8 G, 14 A, 28 PIMs
A native of Manitoba, Stewart just turned 18 two weeks ago. So there isn't a whole lot to say about him yet apart from the fact that he will further grow into his already impressive 6'2", 179 pound frame.
Stewart is heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season, where he will ply his trade against NCAA teams like North Dakota and the University of Denver. Nebraska-Omaha made it to the 2015 Frozen Four after stunning tournament #1 seed Minnesota State in the opening round, so Stewart will be going to a program with recent success.
Stewart is also a right-handed shot, which is something the Coyotes could stand to add to their system. Hopefully he'll be able to make substantial strides in the NCAA towards showing that he has NHL potential.
Oh, and he has this picture, which is absolutely adorable.