Arizona Coyotes make selections on Day 2 of NHL Draft
After trading the No. 7 overall pick and taking Pierre-Olivier Joseph with the 23rd pick on Friday, the Coyotes began Saturday with another trade.
The Arizona Coyotes traded the 35th overall pick in the Draft near the beginning of round two to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for picks 44, 75 and 108.
Then, during the third round, Coyotes GM John Chayka and company dealt the 78th pick to the Edmonton Oilers for picks 82 and 126.
Those trades put them in position to make picks 44, 69, 75, 82, 108, 126, 128 and 190. Here’s how it went down:
44th pick, Round 2 — Filip Westerlund
An 18-year-old defenseman from Sabra, Sweden, this right-handed shooter stands at 5-foot-11 and 181 pounds. Westerlund played 33 games for the SHL’s Frolunda HC last season, registering four assists and a plus-3 rating. He also appeared in 23 games for Frolunda HC J20 in the SuperElit, scoring 1-6-7 with a minus-4.
His scouting report on Elite Prospects reads:
“Westerlund is a defenseman who stands out with his vision and puck control. Plays a calm, cerebral game and can hit forwards with long passes from the backend. Defensively, there is room for improvement given his hockey IQ. Also, his skating could use some work, especially his first few steps. Isn’t that agile yet, either.” –Erik K. Piri
69th pick, Round 3 — MacKenzie Entwistle
This forward/right-wing will turn 18 next month and has two seasons of OHL hockey under his belt with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Last season, the right-handed-shooting Entwistle played 54 games and tallied 12 goals and 13 assists. He also scored seven points in five games with Canada’s U-18 World Juniors team.
He stands at 6-foot-3 and 181 pounds.
75th pick, Round 3 — Nate Schnarr
Schnarr was ranked No. 47 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. A right-handed center, Schnarr tallied 18-18-36 with a minus-19 for the OHL’s Guelph Storm in 2016-17. He turned 18 just nine days ago and stands at 6-foot-3 and 181 pounds.
82nd pick, Round 3 — Cameron Crotty
A Boston University commit, Crotty is an 18-year-old right-handed shot from Greely, Ontario. With the CCHL’s Brockville Braves last season, this blueliner scored 4-9-13 with 32 penalty minutes in 41 games.
108th pick, Round 4 — Noel Hoefenmayer
The Ottawa 67’s — and now, the Coyotes — boast an offense-savvy defenseman in Hoefenmayer, who scored 14-26-40 in 62 games in the OHL last season. At 18 years old, the left-handed shooter stands at 6-foot-0 and weighs 190 pounds.
126th pick, Round 5 — Michael Karow
Karow marks the fifth defenseman taken in the draft by the Coyotes to this point. He’s a 19-year-old lefty committed to Boston College and has a year under his belt with the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms. It was with the Phantoms that he played 58 games last season, tallying 4-17-21 with a plus-9 rating.
Karow is 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds. He is from Green Bay, Wisc.
128th pick, Round 5 — Tyler Steenbergen
Steenbergen is a 19-year-old center from Albert who had 136 points over the last two seasons with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos. Last year, the left-handed shot scored 51-39-90 with a plus-26, as well as 14 points in 14 playoff games. He’s 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds.
190th pick, Round 7 — Erik Walli Walterholm
Walterholm is a right-handed forward at 6-foot-1 and 179 pounds. His seventh-round selection by the Coyotes marks their final pick in the 2017 Draft, and Arizona gets an alumnus of the J18 Elit league’s SDE HF J18. It was there that the 18-year-old scored 32 points in 20 games.
He has also played in the J18 Allsvenskan and Sweden’s SuperElit league.
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