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NHL Draft 2017: Arizona Coyotes Select Mackenzie Entwistle at 69th overall

The Coyotes make a nice pick at 69.

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The Coyotes select Mackenzie Entwistle from the OHL at 69th overall.

Entwistle is a right wing from the Hamilton Bulldogs, who missed quite a bit of the season with mononucleosis. He played 54 games with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He also represented Canada in the U18s, playing 5 games with 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points.

He is a right-handed right wing/center, in which the Coyotes are looking to bolster their dwindling depth.

In a recent prospect of interest report, Jeff Marek of Sportsnet.ca said Entwistle is a “coach’s dream: excels at everything he’s asked to do. Great on the defensive side of the puck, solid on the PK.” The report also described Entwistle projecting as “an all-around player who’ll contribute in the faceoff circle here, with a dose of offense there, and also perform well as a checker.” His penalty killing skills were recognized by the OHL coaches poll where he was voted the second-best penalty killer in the Eastern Conference.

Like many young prospects, the fight with mononucleosis hurt his rankings as he dropped from a midterm position of 35 to 44 on the NHL Central Scouting North American list. Falling even further in the draft ended up being fortuitous for the Coyotes who snagged him with the 69th overall pick. Nice!

At this time it is being reported that Entwistle is not related to the legendary bass guitarist for the Who, pending confirmation of course.

It has not yet been reported if Entwistle will be one of many prospects to attend the 2017 prospect development camp to be held next week but as he says he’s ready to get the fun stuff underway.