Coyotes trade up to draft Maveric Lamoureux, add veteran Zack Kassian
The Arizona Coyotes traded with the Edmonton Oilers to move up from No. 32 to No. 29 in the first round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft and took Canadian defenseman Maveric Lamoureux.
The Coyotes also acquired 31-year-old winger Zack Kassian and added a 2025 second-rounder and a 2024 third-rounder to take on the veteran’s contract.
The move awards Arizona more assets and frees up cap space for Edmonton, as Kassian has two years remaining on his contract and is set for a cap hit of $3.2 million in each, according to Spotrac.
Lamoureux brings size at 6-foot-7.
Maveric comin’ in hot. 😤 pic.twitter.com/jNEaTLlLFQ
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 8, 2022
The 18-year-old played for the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League the past two years and put up 24 points in 54 games.
Kassian was a first-round selection in 2009 by the Buffalo Sabres and spent the past seven seasons with the Oilers.
The veteran played 58 games last year and produced 19 points, including six goals.
The move was the second trade of the night for Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong, who has actively looked to build an arsenal of young players and picks over the past two summers.
Arizona traded up to the No. 11 pick to take center Conor Geekie, trading the No. 27 selection and two second-rounders to the San Jose Sharks.
The Coyotes also had the No. 3 pick, which they used to take center Logan Cooley.