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Coyotes select David Tendeck with 158th pick

In the 6th round of the NHL draft the Coyotes have selected another goaltender in David Tendeck.

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With their second to last pick of the draft the Arizona Coyotes went with another goaltender, drafting North Vancouver, BC native David Tendeck.

Tendeck comes to the Coyotes as the WHL’s Vancouver Giants starting goaltender. Vancouver’s situation appears to be benefiting Tendeck, who in his second full season with the Giants seems to have taken the role as starting goaltender. In 48 starts last season he finished with a 3.02 goals against average and .912 save percentage and three shootouts, which is a big step up from his 4.78 goals against average and .856 save percentage as a rookie.

A key issue that comes up with Tendeck is his need to improve his consistency. Ryan Pike with The Hockey Writers notes “[w]hen it doesn’t work, sometimes things go off the rails a bit.”

Luckily goaltenders are usually given a long time to develop and Tendeck finds himself in a good situation where he will be able to play a lot in the WHL. If Tendeck sees NHL ice it likely won’t be for a few years, but luckily there isn’t a need for him to be ready sooner.