With their second pick of the third round, the Coyotes drafted Kitchener, Ontario native Nathan Schnarr.
Schnarr is a right-handed center who has been playing in the OHL with the Guelph Storm and finished 18-18-36 in 54 games last season, a season that saw the Storm miss the postseason.
The standout features of Schnarr’s game is his size, he is listed as 6’3” and 181 pounds, and his compete level. Schnarr does not have the offensive side of his game down yet, but as a two-way center, he puts in the effort to get back to the defensive zone, even if his skating game still needs some work.
While it looked like the Coyotes were going to go heavy on defense at this year’s draft, there is something to be said for grabbing the best player available, and GM Chayka and company were clearly impressed by Schnarr’s game. He isn’t expected to be a top-line player in the NHL, but a bottom six center definitely has its uses in today’s game.
If you’d like to learn more about Schnarr’s journey to the draft, he’s one of the 2017 prospects featured in the Octagon Hockey series The Road.