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Arizona Coyotes select defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg 107th overall

The Norwegian overager is the latest draft pick by the Coyotes.

Ice Hockey World Championship: Norway - Germany Photo by Roman Koksarov/picture alliance via Getty Images

With the 107th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Arizona Coyotes selected overage defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg.

The 20-year-old Norwegian joins the Coyotes organization after spending the past three seasons primarily playing in the Eliteserien, the top professional league of his home country.

The left-shooting defenseman has racked up 94 regular-season appearances at the professional level in Norway, with three goals and 18 total points while playing for Sparta Sarpsborg - also commonly known as the Sparta Warriors.

He was named the top rookie in the Eliteserien after the 2018/19 season and has grown to establish himself as an international-level player.

Having captained Team Norway at the World Junior Championships (Division 1A) during the 2019/20 season, he earned a place with the national team at the World Championships earlier this year - featuring in six games and scoring a single goal in a 5-1 loss to Germany.

The Sarpsborg native is set to continue his development over in Europe, signed to a season with IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), allowing him to jump up to a higher level.

Already older than many other players in the draft, Lilleberg has the ideal size for the professional game, standing at 6-foot-2, 207lbs, and could potentially remain in Sweden for the next two seasons - unless he impresses the Coyotes organization enough to be called over to North America earlier.