Phoenix Coyotes 2012 draft preview
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06-16-2012, 11:21 AM
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What was once seen as a great prospect pool now looks like mostly crap.
Gormley Miele and Vits are only 3 at each section of the game that have the best shot of making it into the NHL one day.
I don't think that's fair. Gormley is among the best defensive prospects in the league, and behind him, you've got Rundblad and Murphy, who both project to be very good top four defensemen. Summers and Stone should make a formidable bottom pairing, too.
Visentin has done just about everything one can do at the CHL level, and while he's not as far along as some top flight goalie prospects (like Markstrom, Lack and Lehner, for example), he's almost peerless in his age group. Domingue and Lee could both develop into contributors as well. At defense and in goal, the Coyotes have one of the deepest prospect pools in the league.
It's at forward that things get dicey, but let's recall this was also Boedker's first real full season (the Gretzky one doesn't count), and he improved by leaps and bounds over the course of the year. MacLean is probably never going to make an impact at the NHL level, but Miele, Lessio, Shinnimin and Arnold could all be top nine players (though it's unlikely any will be top scorers). It's obviously the most pressing need, but if it weren't, we'd be talking about one of the top five prospect pools in the league. As it stands, it's still probably in the top half.
That all said, take a look at the current roster of the reigning Pacific Division champs. How many of those players were drafted by the Coyotes? Not counting guys like Stone and Summers who only played a handful of games, I see only five (Doan, Hanzal, Boedker, Yandle, OEL), and no two from the same year. The draft is valuable for budget teams like the Coyotes, but it's only one component of building a team.
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