TheScore.com writer: Coyotes were one of the 'winners' at 2014 NHL Draft
But according to one publication, general manager Don Maloney and his scouting staff did a tremendous job picking up the pieces in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Making nine picks over two days, Arizona made a cognizant effort to load up on young, offensive-minded players. Of their nine picks, seven were forwards -- including Brendan Perlini, Ryan MacInnis, Dysin Mayo and Edgars Kulda.
According to TheScore.com's Thomas Drance, that was enough to vault the Coyotes into the 'winners' side of the draft.
This Coyotes draft class is loaded with talent, so much so that they earn our final "Winner" nod, edging out Bob Murray and the Anaheim Ducks by a nose.
The Coyotes got Brendan Perlini, 6-foot-3 and one of the fastest skaters in this draft class, with their first round pick and added tantalizing sleepers like Ryan MacInnis (son of Al), Christian Dvorak and Anton Karlsson (brother of Erik) with their other three draft picks in the top-100. Late round picks Dysin Mayo and Memorial Cup MVP Edgars Kulda are very intriguing as well.
Of the players Maloney has drafted in the top 100 since 2009, seven have played at the NHL level: Brandon Gormley, Chris Brown, Connor Murphy, Jordan Schwarz, Mark Visentin, Lucas Lessio and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
- Dr. Cynthia Arnson - Immigration and Central America Expert - Tuesday July 22Why are we seeing this influx of immigrant minors?
- Max Domi, Arizona Coyotes prospect - Thursday July 10Prospect Max Domi talks about the possibility of making the Coyotes roster.
- Who Impressed Who Depressed - Monday June 30The Arizona Rattlers disappointed Vince over the weekend. Luke is impressed by Don Maloney and the C
- Sam Gagner, Arizona Coyotes center - Monday June 30New Coyotes center Sam Gagner thinks he’s a perfect fit with Arizona.
- Brendan Perlini, Newest Arizona Coyote - Friday June 27Brendan Perlini talks about what it is like to get drafted by the Arizona Coyotes.