On the Athletic, Corey Pronman has been doing deep dives into team’s prospects in a series I definitely recommend checking out. The Arizona Coyotes were finished 17th, a drop from last year’s 15th ranking.
Pronman seems to have come around on Hayton, something that Pronman himself points out when discussing reservations on Victor Soderstrom.
“Barrett Hayton is a huge piece. I like Victor Soderstrom, although drafting him at No. 11 was a bit high for me. I’m sure Coyotes fans will be quick to point out I said the same about Hayton, who I have since come around on.”
Hayton is in the only player on the list that is in the “Elite/high-end bubble” tier. Three players, all defenseman, Victor Soderstrom, Kevin Bahl, and Kyle Capobianco were all in the “very good/legit bubble” tier.
The fact that most of the Coyotes’ high-end prospects are defensemen may prove to be a problem or a solution. The Coyotes already have a lot of solid defensemen so they may not have space for the prospects to grow. But having a staple of defenseman allows the team to trade blueliners for forwards, much like they did this past offseason with Kevin Connauton being sent to the Colorado Avalanche for Carl Soderberg.
The other addition that Pronman ranks is the recently drafted Matias Maccelli, who is ranked as a “legit NHL prospect.”
“Maccelli’s game starts with his skill. He’s a great puck handler who can create separation from defenders with his hands.”
The Coyotes drafted Maccelli in the fourth round in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at 98th overall. Last season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL he finished with 31 goals and 41 assists.
Arizona’s ranking has gone down in recent years as players have graduated into the NHL or been traded. In 2017 the team was ranked 3rd, and as previously said last year they were 15th. Considering the goal of the rebuild was to obtain lots of prospects it makes sense that the Coyotes would have fewer prospects as they grow and develop and start playing in the NHL.