Arizona Coyotes pick Logan Cooley 3rd overall in 2022 NHL Draft

Jul 7, 2022, 4:44 PM | Updated: Jul 8, 2022, 7:16 am

Logan Cooley is drafted by the Arizona Coyotes during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at...

Logan Cooley is drafted by the Arizona Coyotes during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 07, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes selected American forward Logan Cooley with the third overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Thursday.

The 18-year-old center is the No. 2 overall North American draft prospect on only behind center Shane Wright from Canada, who went No. 4 to the Seattle Kraken.

“They were a team I talked to a lot, especially at the combine,” Cooley told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo after getting picked. “I had a chance to go to dinner with them. So fired up to be a part of the organization.”

He said he had no idea which team would take him until he heard his name called.

Playing for the U.S. National Team Developmental Program U-18 squad this past season, Cooley tallied 75 points in 51 games.

The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Cooley is known for his speed and transition game, making him one of the most sought-after offensive prospects in the draft. He likened his game to Patrick Kane, he told ESPN in a feature story published a week before the draft.

“Him being the same height as me, I watched how he used his skill to maneuver around bigger guys,” Cooley told ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. “How good his hockey IQ is. Such a fun player to watch. I definitely took stuff from him and used it in my game.”

The Pennsylvania native is committed to play his collegiate hockey at Minnesota, one of the top programs in the country that reached the Frozen Four in 2022.

“I want to play in the NHL the fastest way possible,” Cooley said. “My plan is to play one year and then make the jump to the NHL.”

Cooley was the first pick of a loaded Coyotes’ draft class.

Arizona also took center Conor Geekie with the No. 11 pick and defenseman Maveric Lamoureux with the No. 29 selection.

The Montreal Canadiens used the No. 1 overall pick on winger Juraj Slafkovsky, the consensus top European prospect in the draft, and the New Jersey Devils took defenseman Simon Nemec second.

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