With the 2023 NHL Draft slated to kick off from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, few teams are better positioned to land a generational talent the way the Arizona Coyotes are.
Thanks to holding 12 draft picks across the draft’s seven rounds, including the sixth and 12th picks in the opening round, the Coyotes can try their hand at loading their roster with youthful talent and reinvigorating their brand on Arizona betting apps.
The 2023 Draft marks the second consecutive year where Arizona’s held multiple first round picks, with the Coyotes taking centers Logan Cooley and Conor Geekie third and 11th overall during last year’s event.
As for this year’s draft, analysts at NHL.com see the Coyotes taking a mix of offensive and defensive talent — with Adam Kimelman saying Arizona will take Austrian defenseman David Reinbacher with their sixth pick and Owen Sound winger Colby Barlow with their No. 12 selection.
Kimelman’s colleague, Mike G. Morreale, sees Arizona taking Swedish center Dalibor Dvorsky at No. 6, before taking U.S. Under-18 team center Oliver Moore.
BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona has taken the odds on the first pick in the NHL Draft off the board — Connor Bedard is expected to go to Chicago at No. 1.
BetArizona.com broke down which Coyotes draft picks have contributed the most value on the ice, using the point shares figures that Hockey-Reference.com calculates.
Top Coyotes NHL Draft Picks Since 2013
- Max Domi (2013, 12th pick): 581 games played, 121 goals, 149 assists (370 points), 34.6 point shares
- Clayton Keller (2016, 7th pick): 442 games played, 133 goals, 209 assists (342 points), 33.6 point shares
- Jacob Chychrun (2016, 16th pick): 385 games played, 62 goals, 113 assists (175 points), 31.0 point shares
- Dylan Strome (2015, 3rd pick): 354 games played, 90 goals, 145 assists (235 points), 21.6 point shares
- Conor Garland (2015, 123rd pick): 322 games played, 83 goals, 111 assists (194 points), 20.5 point shares
- Christian Dvorak (2014, 58th pick): 422 games played, 88 goals, 119 assists (207 points), 17.7 point shares
- Adin Hill (2015, 76th pick): 101 games played, 45-39-6 record, .910 save percentage, 2.66 GAA, 16.0 point shares
- Michael Bunting (2014, 117th pick): 187 games played, 57 goals, 69 assists (126 points), 14.4 point shares
- Brendan Perlini (2014, 12th pick): 262 games played, 50 goals, 31 assists (81 points), 6.8 point shares
- Christian Fisher (2015, 32nd pick): 398 games played, 56 goals, 55 assists (111 points), 6.6 point shares
Arizona sportsbooks have the Coyotes tied with three other teams for the worst 2024 Stanley Cup odds at +25000.
Arizona Still Waiting on Return from 2022 Draft
While none of Arizona’s 2022 NHL Draft picks have taken the ice for the Coyotes and two of the team’s nine picks in 2021 have, we can still discern which players have chipped in the most value for the team over the last 10 years.
The No. 1 generator of value for the Coyotes and other NHL teams since 2013 was the team’s first round selection that year (Max Domi), who has scored 121 goals and dished out 249 assists across 581 NHL contests for the Coyotes, Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Stars.
Domi’s 34.6 career point shares beat out 2016 first round picks Clayton Keller (33.6 point shares) and Jacob Chychrun (31.0 point shares) for the No. 1 spot on the Coyotes’ draft value board.
Rounding out the top five for Arizona are 2015 No. 3 pick Dylan Strome (21.6 point shares) and 2015 123rd pick Conor Garland (20.5 point shares).
This year’s breakout goalie standout for the Stanley Cup champion Las Vegas Golden Knights, Adin Hill, has the seventh-most point shares (16.0) of any Coyotes draft pick since 2013.