The Arizona Coyotes under John Chayka are more than willing to trade picks for more picks. Case in point they sent the Chicago Blackhawk’s third-round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 98th, the 151st, and the 207th picks. With the 98th overall pick, they selected Matias Maccelli.
Regular Season Games Played: 43
World Juniors Games Played: 7
World Juniors Goals: 2
World Juniors Assists: 3
After two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL, Maccelli went back to Finland to play with Ilves in Liiga. He had a great start to his season, and at one point was on a point-a-game rate. He would eventually slow down but would prove to be a dominant player in the league.
Team Finland was a bit of a surprise at this season’s World Junior Championship. They made it to the bronze medal game against Sweden, only to lose 3-2. And Maccelli would prove to be a big part of that team.
Maccelli hot start in Liiga would earn him “A” for Team Finland for the first time in his career. He would finish fourth on his team in points, and tied for third in goals scored.
Maccelli’s World Juniors appearance would earn him a lot of praise. Corey Pronman listed him as a Standout player noting:
“The 98th-overall pick from 2019 played about 20 minutes a game as a forward, being double shifted at times. Maccelli showed the high-end skill and vision that has made him a top player in Liiga all season.”
Scott Wheeler recently listed Maccelli as the Coyotes second-best prospect ahead of players like Kyle Capobianco, Jan Jenik, and Ivan Prosvetov. At this point, he believes he has “a good chance at becoming a second-line player at this point.”
After a successful season, it looks like Maccelli will be in Tucson next season. He will likely need a few seasons to develop into an NHL ready player. If he can become an NHL player he will be a steal as a fourth-round pick.