The Arizona Coyotes have made their first pick of the second day of the NHL draft, selecting forward Josh Doan.
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With the #37 overall pick, we've drafted Josh Doan. pic.twitter.com/NsE8gQ6UU4
Doan definitely generated a lot of interest among Coyotes' fans. Not only has he progressed well as a forward prospect, but he is the son of former Coyotes Captain Shane Doan.
Doan spent the past two seasons with the Chicago Steel in the USHL. After a rough 2019-2020 season where he scored 5 goals and 9 assists in 45 games, he had a huge bounceback and in 53 games he had 31 goals and 39 assists. Doan was a big part of the 2020-21 USHL Clark Cup Champion team and was named to the USHL Second All-Star Team.
The younger Doan is listed at 6'2" and 176 pounds and has committed to Arizona State University and will be a Sun Devil next season.
Last Word on Hockey sung the praises of Doan's offensive game. "Doan plays a similar power game to his father. He has an excellent wrist shot and a very quick release. His shot is very powerful as well as accurate. Doan loves to shoot, and will do so anytime he gets the opportunity."
Doan may have gone early today, most previews had him in the 70s or 80s. But with the draft being what it is, the team likely didn't want to risk losing him. Doan definitely has shown that he is here on his own, regardless of who his father is, and is a great product of the Arizona hockey system.