After drafting Filip Westerlund the Coyotes would draft MacKenzie Entwistle at 69th overall. Entwistle has since been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks as part of the deal that brought Vinnie Hinostroza and Jordan Oesterle to Arizona.
But the Coyotes had another pick in the third round. The Coyotes had acquired the Philadelphia Flyer’s third-round pick along with the 44th pick and the 108th pick for the 35th pick*. With that pick the Coyotes drafted center Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm.
Team: Guelph Storm
Regular Season Games Played: 63
Playoff Games Played: 24
Playoff Goals: 8
Playoff Assists: 11
Schnarr took a major leap forward this past season. The season after the Coyotes drafted him he would finish with a career high 39 points in 57 games. Last season he would nearly triple that with 102 points in 65 games.
With the Storm the Schnarr would get further then any other Coyotes prospect. The Storm would beat the Ottawa 67’s to be named OHL Champions for the first time since 2014 before losing in the Memorial Cup to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Schnarr would lead the Storm in points and was tied for third in goals scored. He 102 points were also tied for sixth in the entire OHL. In March he would be named the CHL Player of the Week after registering 13 points in four games.
For his efforts Schnarr was named a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy for Most Outstanding Player of the Year and be named to the OHL Third All-Star Team.
While he finished his junior career strong, Schnarr still needs some time to develop. If he doesn’t make the Coyotes out of training camp he will get a chance to play in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. It remains to be seen if his offense flurry he showed in his final year will translate to the professional hockey.
The Coyotes would sign Schnarr to an entry-entry level contract last December after the start of his breakout season. And while he still seems a few years away if Schnarr’s can show the same scoring ability he did in the OHL at the professional level he will be a steal in the third round.
*Of the nine players that the Coyotes drafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft seven are still with the organization. Three of the seven players were drafted with picks from this trade. The Flyers would use the second round pick to draft fellow Guelph Storm player Isaac Ratcliffe.