The Coyotes were bumped down to seventh in the NHL Entry Draft this year by New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars. But don’t fret, last year the Coyotes drafted Clayton Keller at seven.
GM John Chayka doesn’t seem too bothered by the fall in the draft.
John Chayka: "We expect to get a really good player in that (No. 7) range and add him to a great group of young players that we have."— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) April 30, 2017
John Chayka: “We got Clayton Keller at No. 7 (at 2016 NHL Draft). I’ll take another Clayton Keller. That’s not a problem for me whatsoever."— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) April 30, 2017
John Chayka on having two 1st-round draft picks: "This is another year to add 2 high-end, quality players that will help us for a long time"— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) April 30, 2017
Who Will Be Available?
The top for of the draft are pretty much set, but from three to ten it’s pretty much the wild west as our own Jason Byun brought up on twitter.
Casey Mittelstadt. Cale Makar. Miro Heiskanen. Cody Glass. Owen Tippett. Klim Kostin. At least one of those will be available at 7.— Jason Ki Joon Byun (@jvl101993) April 30, 2017
It’s also possible that Swedish defenseman Timothy Liljigren could still be available at seven as well.
Overall, Team Chaos won the NHL Draft Lottery, but the Coyotes are going to be okay.