Arizona Coyotes Draft Bill Armstrong – .

Arizona Coyotes Draft Bill Armstrong – .

The Arizona Coyotes sit last in the NHL standings with just five points in 16 games after an offseason that saw team captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, forwards Connor Garland and Christian Dvorak, and goalies Darcy Kuemper and Adin Hill.
Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong told TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun on The Athletic that he knew the team’s offseason would get them into trouble this year, but it was done with the big picture in mind.

“It’s easy to look at the standings and say, ‘The Coyotes suck,’” Armstrong said. “You know, there is a thought process here. We really thought about where we were going as an organization.

“We could have just reloaded and gone and made the playoffs once every four years – if you’re lucky, go through a first round, but most of the time we’re beaten. We had the conversation, “We want to be great here. We want to take the chance to be great. And the only way to do that is through the draft. “

As the last-place club in the NHL, the Coyotes would hold 16.6 percent of the first overall pick in the 2022 draft if the season ends today and, under the new rules, could drop to as much as the third selection.

Shane Wright was once again at the top of TSN recruiting director Craig Button’s November standings for the 2022 draft, while US center Logan Cooley placed second, Finnish right-winger Joakim Kemell reaching the third rank.

“You’re not going to be great unless you go through the draft,” Armstrong added. “We made this decision last summer that we were going to do it in the draft, and we weren’t going to sit on the fence. We were going to go all the way. “

The Coyotes lost their first-round selection, which would have been 11th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft after a league rule violation. The team, however, selected winger Dylan Guenther ninth overall with a pick in their deal to send Ekman-Larsson and Garland to the Vancouver Canucks.

Arizona is full of picks in this year’s draft, owning the Colorado Avalanche pick despite being protected in the top 10, and a first-round pick by the Canadiens or the Carolina Hurricanes due to of their exchange that sent Dvorak to Montreal. Arizona will receive the better of the picks from either Montreal or Carolina, unless one of the picks falls into the top 10, in which the Coyotes will receive the worse of the two. The Canadians currently hold the second-best odds in the draft and could drop to at least fourth if the lottery goes on today.

Additionally, the Coyotes have five second-round picks in the next draft after selecting Josh Doan, Ilya Fedotov and Janis Moser in the second round of the 2021 draft.


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