High praise given to Arizona Coyotes for performance in 2016 NHL Draft

Jun 26, 2016, 12:26 PM | Updated: 8:42 pm
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The 2016 NHL Draft concluded Saturday and the results are in.

Like the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Coyotes have received high praise from national media outlets for their performance in their draft.

First-year general manager John Chayka was received props from Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski.

The 27-year-old GM of the Coyotes stunned the draft by taking Clayton Keller at No. 7, but the pick was brilliant. The player we all thought he was taking at No. 7, Jakob Chychryn, went to the Coyotes at 16th overall as Chayka made a smart move for Pavel Datsyuk’s cap space. Later, he flipped a second-rounder for troubled but talented defenseman Anthony DeAngelo of the Lightning. Smashing debut.

As Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan noted, the Coyotes entered the draft needing more defensemen in their system.

Dylan Strome, Christian Dvorak, Conor Garland, Christian Fischer and Ryan Macinnis all have the future shining bright for what’s to come at forward, and Max Domi and Anthony Duclair are both coming off successful rookie campaigns.

While those seven players warrant that accolade, only Strome is exclusively tied to center.

Veterans Antoine Vermette (33), Martin Hanzal (29), Boyd Gordon (32) and Brad Richardson (31) were far and away the leaders in faceoffs taken in the 2015-16 season. Keller, like Dvorak, Macinnis and Fischer, brings more flexibility to the loaded forward pool.

Selecting Keller paid off even more when Chychrun, a player some were predicting as the pick at No. 7, was still available in a trade up scenario.

The way that unfolded for Chayka had USA Today proclaiming the Coyotes as the winner of the first round.

First-round winner: The Arizona Coyotes landed Clayton Keller, a dynamic, crowd-pleasing center, and then traded up to land Jakob Chychrun, who has the potential to be a top pairing defenseman.

Chychrun became the fourth defensemen selected in the first round by Arizona in the past nine drafts, joining Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2009), Brandon Gormley (2010) and Connor Murphy (2011).

The Coyotes already bolstered their defense this offseason prior to the draft, trading for the negotiating rights and signing former Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. 

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Pierre-Luc Dubois, third from left, third overall pick, stands with members of the Columbus Blue Jackets management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Jesse Puljujarvi, fourth overall pick, pulls on his sweater as he stands on stage after being selected by the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Jesse Puljujarvi, center, fourth overall pick, stands with members of the Edmonton Oilers management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Olli Juolevi, fifth overall pick, stands on stage with members of the Vancouver Canucks management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Olli Juolevi, second from left, fifth overall pick, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Vancouver Canucks management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Matthew Tkachuk, second from left, sixth overall pick, stands on stage with members of the Calgary Flames management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Matthew Tkachuk, center, sixth overall pick, pulls on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the Calgary Flames management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Clayton Keller, seventh overall pick, stands on stage with members of the Arizona Coyotes management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Clayton Keller, seventh overall pick, is given a hat as he stands on stage with members of the Arizona Coyotes management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Alexander Nylander, eighth overall pick, puts on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the Buffalo Sabres management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Mikhail Sergachev, ninth overall pick, puts on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the Montreal Canadiens management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Mikhail Sergachev, fourth from right, ninth overall pick, stands with members of the Montreal Canadiens management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Pierre-Luc Dubois, second from right, third overall pick, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Columbus Blue Jackets management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Tyson Jost, center, tenth overall pick, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Colorado Avalanche management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Tyson Jost, 10th overall pick, stands on stage with members of the Colorado Avalanche management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Logan Brown, right, pulls on his sweater as he stands with members of the Ottawa Senators management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Logan Brown, second from left, stands with members of the Ottawa Senators management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Logan Brown pulls on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the Ottawa Senators management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) The NHL top three draft picks, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets; Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs; and Pierre-Luc Dubois, Columbus Blue Jackets, pose for a photo at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Michael McLeod, center, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the New Jersey Devils management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Jake Bean outs on a Carolina Hurricanes sweater at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Charlie McAvoy, second from left, puts on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the Boston Bruins management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Charlie McAvoy, second from left, stands on stage with members of the Boston Bruins management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Jake Bean stands on stage with members of the Carolina Hurricanes management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Luke Kunin, second from right, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Minnesota Wild management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Luke Kunin stands on stage with members of the Minnesota Wild management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Toronto Maple Leafs pick Auston Matthews pulls on his sweater at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Jakob Chychrun, left, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Arizona Coyotes management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Dante Fabbro, enter, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Nashville Predators management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Jakob Chychrun stands on stage with members of the Arizona Coyotes management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Dante Fabbro, center, stands with members of the Nashville Predators management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Toronto Maple Leafs pick Auston Matthews shakes hands with Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Logan Stanley, third from left, stands with members of the Winnipeg Jets management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kieffer Bellows, center, stands with members of the New York Islanders management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kieffer Bellows puts on his sweater as he stands on stage with members of the New York Islanders management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Dennis Cholowski, center, puts on his sweater with members of the Detroit Red Wings management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Julien Gauthier, center, stands with members of the Carolina Hurricanes management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Dennis Cholowski, center, stands on stage with members of the Detroit Red Wings management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT German Rubtsov, center, puts on his sweater as he stands with members of the Philadelphia Flyers management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT German Rubtsov stands on stage with members of the Philadelphia Flyers management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Henrik Borgstrom, center, stands on stage with members of the Florida Panthers management team at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Toronto Maple Leafs first overall pick Auston Matthews, center, pulls on his sweater as he stand with members of the Maple Leafs management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello, center, helps first overall pick Auston Matthews who puts on his sweater at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Toronto Maple Leafs first overall pick Auston Matthews, fourth from left, stands with members of the Maple Leafs management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Patrik Laine, center, second overall pick, stands with members of the Winnipeg Jets management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Patrik Laine, second from right, second overall pick, pulls on his sweater as he stands with members of the Winnipeg Jets management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Pierre-Luc Dubois, third from left, third overall pick, stands with members of the Columbus Blue Jackets management team at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Jesse Puljujarvi, fourth overall pick, pulls on his sweater as he stands on stage after being selected by the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Jesse Puljujarvi, center, fourth overall pick, stands with members of the Edmonton Oilers management team and others at the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday June 24, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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