July 3, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft
|38||32||FISCHER, Christian||C||4/15/1997||6.01||212||USA Under-18||NTDP/USHL|
|72||81||WARREN, Brendan||LW||5/7/1997||6.00.25||191||USA Under-18||NTDP/USHL|
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Arizona Coyotes in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Dylan Strome (ISS Ranked #3 in 2015, Overall drafted #3 in 2015 NHL Draft) – 1st line center with dynamic offensive ability. Highly dangerous offensive threat with elite level hockey IQ and all the tools to succeed at the next level. Can either make plays or shoot to create offense. He sould be a cornerstone piece centering their top line in a couple of years.
Nick Merkley (ISS Ranked #19 in 2015, Overall drafted #30 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Merkley was a steal at 30, all that skill plus his gritty work ethic is ideal for the Coyotes, and will be excellent long term insulation for their young offensive prospects like Max Domi and Brendan Perlini.
Brendan Perlini (ISS Ranked #9 in 2014, Overall drafted #12 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Natural goal-scorer with an above-average shot and excellent release. Can score from anywhere on the ice and has a deft touch around the net. Second-line scoring winger.
Max Domi (ISS Ranked #25 in 2013, Overall drafted #12 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Oozes skill and makes his line-mates better. Sometimes tries to do too much on his own on offence. Ready to challenge for Pro job.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Ryan MacInnis (ISS Ranked #25 in 2014, Overall drafted #43 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Selected midway through the 2nd round, MacInnis is a versatile forward, who gained a lot of experience playing for a struggling Kitchener squad. Projects as 3rd line center who can match up against any other team’s line.
“All in all, the Arizona Coyotes were able to draft two high ceiling prospects in the first round. After that due to GM Don Maloney’s NON moves he was able to net the Coyotes a very good haul of young, talented forwards at this draft. With Strome, the Coyotes can afford to wait and let him pack on some muscle improve on his 1st step quickness, and he seems like a guy who is tailor-made for their system. Coyotes took two U.S. U18 forwards in Christian Fischer and Brendan Warren both are projected as 3rd line type with skill and character/leadership ability. Portland Winterhawks goaltender Adin Hill, just jumped to the top of the Coyotes goaltending prospect pool. Another Great Value pick has to be re-entry forward Conor Garland, who tied with Dylan Strome on top of the CHL’s scoring race”.
-ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis.
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