It looked like we were going to be over, but nope, the Coyotes had one more player they wanted to get, drafting forward Sam Lipkin.
Welcome to the desert, @sam_lipkin3. ️ pic.twitter.com/W7WpY44knU— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 24, 2021
A native of Lafayette Hill, PA, Lipkin split last season between the Chicago Steel in the USHL and the New Jersey Rockets in the NCDC. In 30 games with the Steel he had 3 goals and 8 assists, and he had 12 goals and 13 assists in 19 games with the Rockets.
Lipkin was teammates with another 2021 Coyotes' draft pick, Josh Doan. Together they won the USHL Clark Cup Championship, and Lipkin recorded a goal and an assist in the postseason.
Like many American players who are drafted late, Lipkin will be taking his services to the NCAA next season. He is set to play for Quinnipiac University, so we, unfortunately, won't be seeing him reunited with Doan at ASU.
The Coyotes acquired the pick to draft Lipkin extremely late so clearly they saw something in the young forward. It will be interesting to see how Lipkin develops moving forward and we see where he ends up.