30 in 30 Arizona Coyotes

Keith Duggan

2016-07-03

 

Arizona

Going into the 2016 draft weekend I was still not quite sure on new Coyotes GM John Chayka. On one hand trading for the rights and then signing Alex Goligoski was a quality move. On the other hand, trading prospect Maxim Letunov, who had an awesome freshman season at UCONN, seemed like an odd move at best.  But I have to admit Chayka had a strong 2016 NHL draft weekend. Pretty much every mock draft that I read going into the weekend had the Coyotes taking defenseman Olli Juolevi with the seventh overall pick. It made sense too because the Coyotes have a ton of excellent forward prospects on their way but don’t really have any defenseman prospects, their top three would be: Kyle Wood (who they acquired at this past season’s trade deadline), Kyle Capobianco and Dysin Mayo. If those names aren’t exactly jumping off the page at you just imagine it drops even more after them. So going into the draft defense was obviously a priority. Well as you already probably know Juolevi went to Vancouver at fifth. I would say that pretty much killed every mock draft, but seriously did anyone see Dubois going at three over Puljujarvi….seriously ANYONE? With Juolevi off the board, the conscious was that the Coyotes would take Mikhail Sergachev or Jakob Chychrun but Chayka, that sly fox, instead goes in a different route.

 

Arizona Keller

Clayton Keller, 7th overall

Keller absolutely tore it up for the US National Team Development Program last season. He led the U-18 squad with 107 points (37 goals and 70 assists) in 62 games. His career point total of 130 in 78 games is second-most all-time for the U-18 team, while Keller is the all-time assists leader with 84. In the World U-18 Cha