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Arizona Coyotes kept their focus on defense at draft

They also want to collect all of the Swedes.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Coyotes had a very productive entry draft this year. They selected five defensemen, two centers, and two right wings.

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Arizona continues to horde defensemen, both left and right shots, with keeping the Swedish trend around as well. They drafted one player with a high point total, Tyler Steenbergen out of the WHL Swift Current Broncos. Most of the defenseman are young, keeping their totals low, but Filip Westerlund did play pro in SHL with Frölunda HC.

Grade wise, I think the Coyotes walked away with good young players to develop and put into the system. A few are off to college, others will go back to junior next season, and the Swedes will continue to grow with their parent clubs.

In Erik Walli Walterholm’s case, Djurgårdens IF J18 Allsvenskan (Top Division of J18’s) is known for their development and like to build their club from within from the J18’s to the main SHL club Djurgårdens IF.

For Filip Westerlund, he is going back to Frölunda HC and will be playing under Captain Joel Lundqvist (yes, Henrik’s twin brother). Westerlund will also get to play on a team with Rasmus Dahlin, the potential projected number 1 prospect in the 2018 entry draft.

Two players, Cameron Crotty and Michael Karow, are on their way to college which worked out great for Clayton Keller and could do so with these two draftees as well.

Chayka stayed true to form and drafted three players out of the OHL, but also one from the WHL and the first round pick from the QMJHL.

Overall, I think the Coyotes had a solid B in this draft. They traded down with the Flyers to gain two more picks and made a similar transaction with Oilers, receiving an extra pick there too.

What do you think of this year’s draft class?