How Well Have the Arizona Coyotes Drafted Since 2000?

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For those of you who haven’t seen my earlier post(s) I am going through each of the 30 teams and breaking down how they have drafted over the past 15 years. The other teams can be found here:

To make this post I went through all of the Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes picks since the 2000 draft.

Many of these players were drafted by Phoenix but traded to other teams where they played most of their careers. Despite playing most of their careers on other teams I still used their full NHL stats for two reasons:

1) The team drafted players they believed to have potential; whether or not they fulfilled their potential on that team or not doesn’t necessarily matter. The important thing is that the team recognized a players true potential and the players that were selected lived up to it.

2) I was lazy.

You could argue that they wouldn’t turn out to be the same players if they stayed on the team, and you’re probably right, but I decided to do it this way so that I could specifically focus on the teams drafting ability and not the player development.

TOTAL PICK DISTRIBUTION

Position Drafted GP PTS
Center 26 2310 953
LW 19 898 285
RW 14 1292 535
D 32 1545 572
G 12 44 N/A
Unspecified 13 38 5
Total 116 6127 2350
  • 22 of 116 players drafted since 2000 have played 50+ games in the NHL (~19%)
  • 16 of 116 players drafted since 2000 have played 100+ games in the NHL (~15%)
  • Phoenix/Arizona draftees (incl. goalies) since 2000 have played a total of 6127 games
  • Phoenix/Arizona skaters (excl. goalies) drafted since 2000 have played a total of 6083 games and accumulated 2350 points (0.39 PPG)
  • Best draft year: 2005 – Hanzal [17th], Yandle [105]
  • Worst draft year: 2003 – Traded first round pick (Jeff Carter) for Langkow. Had 8 picks in the draft and none of them ever played a game in the NHL.

FIRST ROUND PICKS

Position Drafted GP PTS
Center 7 1340 674
LW 4 851 275
RW 2 1022 466
D 5 542 182
G 1 1 N/A
Unspecified 0 0 0
Total 19 3756 1597
  • 10 of 19 players drafted in the 1st round have played 100+ games in the NHL (53%)
  • First round picks have played a total of 3756 games and accumulated 1597 points (0.43 PPG)
  • Notable picks: Wheeler (5th, 2004), Hanzal (17th, 2005), Sjostrom (11th, 2001), Eager (23rd, 2002), Turris (3rd, 2007), Boedker (8th, 2008), Ekman-Larsson (6th, 2009), Mueller (8th, 2006)

SECOND ROUND PICKS

Position Drafted GP PTS
Center 5 31 4
LW 2 47 10
RW 3 137 42
D 2 68 2
G 3 22 N/A
Unspecified 4 0 0
Total 19 305 58
  • 1 of 19 players drafted in the 2nd round have played 100+ games in the NHL (5%)
  • Second round picks have played a total of 305 games and accumulated 58 points (0.19 PPG)
  • Notable picks: Enver Lisin (50th, 2004)

THIRD ROUND PICKS

Position Drafted GP PTS
Center 3 68 30
LW 2 0 0
RW 0 0 0
D 8 356 66
G 1 0 N/A
Unspecified 0 0 0
Total 14 424 96
  • 2 of 14 players drafted in the 3rd round have played 100+ games in the NHL (14%)
  • Third round picks have played a total of 424 games and accumulated 96 points (0.23 PPG)
  • Notable picks: Michael Stone (69th, 2008)

FOURTH TO NINTH ROUND PICKS

Position Drafted GP PTS
Center 11 871 245
LW 11 0 0
RW 9 133 27
D 17 579 322
G 7 21 N/A
Unspecified 9 38 5
Total 64 1642 599
  • 3 of 64 players drafted between the 4th and 9th rounds have played 100+ games in the NHL (5%)
  • Fourth to ninth round picks have played 1642 games and accumulated 599 points (0.36 PPG)
  • Notable picks: Yandle (105th, 2005), Winnik (265th, 2004), Porter (119th, 2004), Darling (153rd, 2007)

FUN FACTS

  • Phoenix/Arizona has never drafted a successful goalie, though Scott Darling may have something to say about that in a few seasons.
  • Half of Phoenix/Arizona’s draft picks have been center’s or defensemen

WHAT WE LEARNED

All around the Coyotes haven’t had a lot of luck in the draft. In the first round only half the players they’ve drafted have played an extended period of time in the NHL. Remember that Anaheim’s first round success rate was around 67 percent and according to TSN first round picks should have a success rate of around 70 percent.

The Coyotes second round picks are perhaps the most astonishing. Only 1 of their 19 picks in the last 15 years have played over 100 games in the NHL (Enver Lisin) and he moved to the KHL after two seasons with the club. A draft success rate of 5 percent is very disappointing especially compared to Anaheim’s success rate of 33 percent.

Third round picks would appear to be a bright spot for the Coyotes with a success rate of 14 percent however the percentage is deceiving as only 2 players made it past the 100 game mark. Michael Stone is Phoenix’s biggest accomplishment in the third round who has been a steady presence on the Coyotes blue line since the 2012-13 season.

The fourth round or higher hasn’t been much better for the Coyotes. Despite drafting 7 more players than Anaheim in these rounds they only have 3 players who made it past the 100 game mark (compared to Anaheim’s 6). Yandle and Winnik were great pick ups at 105th and 265th overall respectively but outside of that they haven’t been lucky with deep round picks.

The last 15 years haven’t been kind to the Coyotes when it comes to the draft. Though they haven’t ever drafted an NHL caliber goaltender they’ve always managed to pick someone up through trades and free agency. A positive takeaway is that their future is looking better. Recent draft picks Domi, Gormley and Strome have promising futures and may be early signs of better drafting in future years.

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