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Highly skilled two-way center with explosive speed. Impacts the game in all three zones and has the potential to develop into a first line center in the NHL.


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October 2023- After a very strong training camp and preseason, it was no surprise that Cooley made the Coyotes and will play a top six role. This included an amazing spin-o-rama goal as the Coyotes beat LA in his first NHL preason game in Australia https://www.bing.com/videos/riverview/relatedvideo?&q=logan+cooley+spin+o+rama+goal&&mid=ECABDA83466EAFC0F05EECABDA83466EAFC0F05E&&FORM=VRDGAR.The hype is real for Cooley and he will be in the running for the Calder trophy. Keith Duggan

July 2023- Cooley decided to have second thoughts about not turning pro after announcing in May he would return with University of Minnesota. On July 26th, Cooley signed his entry-level contract with Arizona. This is a huge boost for the Coyotes, who get a top-six center and prized prospect to join their rebuild.  Cooley immediately becomes as factor in what should be a crowded Calder Trophy race (led by 2023 No. 1 pick Connor Bedard). In a social media post Thursday, Cooley said: “When I posted about coming back to school a few months ago, I was fully planning to return for my sophomore season. Over the past months, I have realized that deep down, I feel ready for the challenge of playing at the highest level in the world and I want to fulfill my lifelong dream of being an NHL player.” Keith Duggan

May 2023- After losing the 2023 NCAA men’s championship to Quinnipiac 3-2 in overtime, it was very much expected that Cooley would sign with Arizona. Instead, he took his time on making a decision. It had been rumored that Cooley might stay and many around Minnesota commented on how much he was enjoying college life and his teammates. Still, it was a surprise when on May 19th, Cooley announced he would play his sophomore season at Minnesota. With all the uncertainty surrounding the Coyotes, this gives him a chance to further develop in a stable, contending program and chase a national title he came a few minutes shy of in April. Keith Duggan

April 2023- Up to right now, it’s hard to envision a better freshman year for Cooley in NCAA hockey. The 18-year-old was recently named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey’s best player. He has the second-most points (57) in the country, including a nation-leading 37 assists, and his Minnesota Golden Gophers will be participating in the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. When the tournament is over on April 8th, it’s fully expected that Cooley will sign with Arizona to finish the campaign. He was The Hockey News top prospect in their 2023 Future Watch issue and No. 1 in The Athletic’s top 50 drafted NHL prospects. The dynamic Cooley looks ready for the next challenge after a dominating 2022-23 season. Keith Duggan

January 2023- While Team USA fell short of a gold medal at the 2023 WJC, Cooley had an outstanding tournament. He helped the Americans earn a bronze medal, finishing second in scoring behind only phenom Connor Bedard with seven goals and 14 points in just seven contests. Cooley was electric every game and his 14 points were sixth-most all time in a single tournament for an American player. He also was named to the 2023 Media All-Star team, joining Bedard and Czechia Jiri Kulich on the forward line. Cooley now heads back to University of Minnesota with high expectations that his strong play will continue. Keith Duggan

December 2022- Cooley will once again suit up for Team USA, this time at the 2023 WJC. The 18-year-old recorded two goals and four assists for the United States when he played in last summer’s WJC. Cooley is in the middle of an awesome season with the University of Minnesota, as he’s recorded 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 19 contests. Expect him to be one of Team USA’s and possibly the whole tournaments top scorers. Keith Duggan

October 2022- The Coyotes top prospect is off to a great start with current No. 1 University of Minnesota. He is tied for second on the team in points (two goals and six points) with Maple Leafs prospect Mathew Knies and Blues prospect Jimmy Snuggerud; one point behind Ducks prospect Jackson LaCombe. Cooley also has 17 PIM’s after in his last game he took a five-minute face-mask penalty and a game misconduct. Arizona would like to see him still get stronger but overall are very excited about his development so far. Keith Duggan

August 2022- Despite a small scare in camp where it looked as though Cooley might have gotten injured, he’s expected to be OK and will play for USA at the World Junior Championship this summer. Cooley is expected to be a major focal point of USA’s offense, look for a big tournament out of the Coyotes top prospect. Keith Duggan

July 2022 – Cooley has been selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the third overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

May 2022 – Cooley had an outstanding season, finishing second in overall NTDP team scoring with his 27 goals and 48 assists through 51 games being good enough for the highest points per game mark on the club. He added another 10 points through six games in an impressive showing at the U18 World Championships where he helped lead Team USA to a silver medal finish with his electrifying offensive game and refined defensive play. Cooley entered the season as a projected top-10 pick and all he has done is improve his stock since then. Don’t expect his name to be on the board for very long when the 2022 NHL Draft gets underway. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Cooley burst onto the scene with an impressive showing at the World Junior Summer Showcase and has been a driving force for the USNTDP’s U18 team so far this season. His 30 points in 20 games give him the highest points per game mark on his team and he is the only first-year draft-eligible skater included on USA’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Juniors. Nick Richard

September 2021 – After averaging better than a point per game in three years with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA, Cooley made the transition to the USNTDP where he enjoyed continued success. He split the 2020-21 season with the U17 and U18 squads and continued to prove why his name should be called in the top half of the first round in the upcoming NHL draft. After compiling 16 goals and 16 assists in 28 games with the U17 team, he was called up to the U18 squad for the latter portion of the season. He tallied four goals and 10 assists in 19 games and displayed his ability to compete against some of the best players in the draft class ahead of him. He will return to the U18s this season before heading to Notre Dame for the 2022-23 season.

Cooley enters the 2021-22 season as a potential top-10 pick in a draft class that boasts some incredible talent. The USNTDP U18 team has an abundance of talent and should see a large number of their players get picked in the first three rounds of the draft. Cooley sits towards the top of that crop as a talented two-way center who shows poise and intelligence in all three zones. He is a smooth skater with good edges who can stop on a dime and use his change in speed to throw off the opposing defense. His vision and ability to read the play as it is developing is a key trait of his that allows him to be effective offensively, as well as allow him to be successful on the defensive side of the puck. Defensively he gets himself into good positions, he hustles back, and he has a good understanding of where to slot in while defending on the rush. He has great awareness of his surroundings, his hands are quick in tight, and he has the skill to buy himself an extra second or two on the puck before dishing it off. His vision and passing are standout features of his offensive game as he has great playmaking abilities, though he has a heavy and accurate wrist shot as well. He is not afraid to go to the dirty areas and works hard along the boards. He has also been successful in the face-off circle. A well-rounded two-way center with nary a flaw to his game, Logan Cooley has the potential to be an important building block for whoever drafts him. Alexander Annun

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 4, 2004
Height 5‘10”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 3

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins QC Int PW4 5 27 2|        
 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 14U14U AAA69 44 3983 22|        
  Upstate Kings U15 WSI U156 5 27 0|        
 2019-2020 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 15U15U AAA8 7 512 2|        
  Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U16U AAA45 18 2846 -|        
  Team Navy USA-S154 1 23 0|        
 2020-2021 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL27 15 1328 10|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP28 16 1632 10|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP19 4 1014 4|        
  USA U18WJC-185 0 22 0|        
 2021-2022 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL24 13 2336 55|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP51 27 4875 67|        
  USA U18WJC-186 3 710 4|        
  USA U20 WJC-20 Cancelled1 0 11 0|        
  USA U20WJC-205 2 46 4|        
 2022-2023 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA39 22 3860 42|        
  USA U20WJC-207 7 714 2|        
 2023-2024 Arizona CoyotesNHL21 2 1113 6|        

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