The Arizona Coyotes made their final selection of 2018 NHL Entry Draft an historic one. They selected Liam Kirk of the EIHL’s Sheffield Steelers with the 189th pick. Kirk is the first player born and trained exclusively in England to be drafted in to the NHL.
You can re-read his prospect profile here.
Kirk played 52 games with the Steelers and finished his season with a record of 9-6-17. He also was a key player for Great Britain’s national team in their successful quest for its first top-level participation since 1994 in the IIHF’s World Championship. He played with former Tucson Roadrunners player Brett Perlini.
In an interview with NHL.com’s Mike Morreale, Sheffield’s Coach Paul Thompson noted that Kirk’s production was impressive considering his role.
“That’s a significant amount of points considering he really didn’t receive any time on the power play and he didn’t play in our top six,” Thompson said. “He only played regular shift minutes the last 30 percent of the season as he continued to learn.”
Thompson expects that Kirk will play in the CHL this coming season to adjust his play to North American style but he would also be eligible to play in the AHL.