Maccelli, selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2019 Draft, has gotten off to a great start to his season, which is being spent in his homeland of Finland.
During his draft year, Maccelli plied his trade with the Duburque Fighting Saints of the USHL, finishing the season as the third-highest points producer with 31 goals and 72 total points in 62 regular season games.
Interestingly, he was selected 26 places ahead of the league leader Nicholas Abruzzese, who was also a fourth-round selection, this time by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Abruzzese is spending his post-draft season in college with Harvard University and is over a year older than Maccelli, who joined Ilves in the Finnish Liiga after being drafted by the Coyotes.
The 18-year-old left winger is already off to a great start in professional hockey, with two goals and seven total points in the opening six games of the season - with one goal being this impressive penalty-shot effort against JYP.
A point-per-game pace at 18/19 years old is an impressive feat and will be a positive sign for the Coyotes organization, who have had some success with mid-to-late draft picks in recent years.
Conor Garland (5th Round, 2015) and Kyle Capobianco (3rd Round, 2015) are currently on the team, Ivan Prosvetov (4th Round, 2018) and Nate Schnarr (3rd Round, 2017) are with the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL and Liam Kirk (7th Round, 2018) and Jan Jenik (3rd Round, 2018) are looking good in juniors once again.
If Maccelli can continue his development in the Finnish Liiga at his current, impressive pace, then there’s every reason to believe he will be given an opportunity in the AHL next season.
Seeing the organization draft well and develop a number of promising young players will be a great sight for many fans, with the future of the team looking much brighter than it had in recent years.
Hopefully, Maccelli can be the latest in a long line of ‘home-grown’ players that can go on to have some success within the organization.