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Coyotes are ‘very flexible’ about moving up or down from 12th pick

Jun 21, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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When the 2014 NHL Draft kicks in, the Phoenix Coyotes will transform into the Arizona Coyotes. That’s not the only reason why the events of June 27-28 will be a big deal, though, as GM Don Maloney explains.

“It’s the Super Bowl for our scouts,” Maloney said. “It’s really the foundation of your whole franchise. If you do a good job at the draft table you acquire assets that can be used not only for yourself but also assets maybe you can use in other deals… The draft weekend is as important as they come.”

(Feel free to insert your favorite halftime show performer/expensive commercial jokes here.)

Maloney indicates that the team might want to call an audible around draft time, either moving up or down from their No. 12 pick.

“We like the top end of the first round,” Maloney said. “If we could get ourselves up into the top four or five picks we’d certainly look to do it. I don’t know how realistic that is for us. I think we’re more inclined to move down from our pick at No. 12 depending on how it flows… These decisions all come down to the draft table and what the flow is like and what the phone calls are like.”

” … It’s important to do your homework and kind of reach out to everybody and let everybody know ‘Listen, we’re very flexible where we’re at.'”

Even if they stay put in their current position, the Coyotes could stock up on some solid talent in Philadelphia. They own that No. 12 pick along with two second-rounders (43rd and 58th overall) giving them three picks in the top 60. With the 73rd pick, they also have four choices in the top 80. Overall, they have eight selections in the draft; that’s not half-bad, as four nhl teams are tied in front of them with nine picks.

Interestingly, the Coyotes chose 12th overall in 2013, picking up an intriguing talent in Max Domi, so it’s a familiar spot for Phoenix.

  1. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    The NHL draft us such a crap shoot…. After the top 4 who the heck knows…I remember when Pavel Brendal was a can’t miss prospect… European players are easier to evaluate but they play a total different style then in the NHL that clutch grab and cheap shot style … I’m not telling anyone anything they don’t already know…. Bring it on Draft.. I would like to see the writer go back to the 2010 draft and do a where are they now…..

    • bluesdroogie - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      2010? Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Nino Neiderreiter, Brett Connolly, Mikael Granlund, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, all in the top 16 and all are good players at the beginnings of the long careers. That is where they are now. Seguin has won a cup and is helping turn things around in Dallas. Nino scored an important game winning goal in the playoffs, Granlund is looking very good and Schwartz and Tarasenko are part of the reason the Blues have been doing as well as they have.

      The draft can be a crap shoot but later picks can be amazing as well. was datsyuk in the 8th round or something like that?

      Euro players can be difficult, look at Radulov. But Jagr, Forsberg, Lidstrom, etc etc, and nowadays Malkin and Ovechkin. some pan out very well while some may be a bust

  2. luz56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Thanks … Like the follow up to the question… NFL and NBA are a draft now play now where MLB and NHL are for the most part down the road talent…Go Flames and Coyotes Go!!!

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