Arizona Coyotes Case Study

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The Arizona Coyotes prospect pool has never looked better, and the team is starting to reap the rewards from their recent draft classes. Anthony Duclair and Max Domi looked great on the same line while playing for Canada in the 2014-15 World Junior Championships, and that chemistry has already surfaced in Arizona.
With the deadline trades of Zbynek Michalek, Antoine Vermette, and Keith Yandle, the prospect pool appears even deeper than where it was just one year ago. While a number of the Coyotes top prospects will appear in the NHL this year, there are a number of young, intriguing prospects that will embark on their first professional season with the Coyotes new AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Overall, the Coyotes are clearly a team on the rise. Proof of such is in their depth chart, where a deep and varied group will be integral in the organization’s turnaround.

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Always on the go, Merkley is a fierce competitor that is also able to play down the middle. It will be difficult to improve upon his 90-point 2014-15 campaign, especially considering recent graduations and trades. That said, Merkley should be able to find a role with Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Another potential World Junior addition for the United States, Christian Fischer recently joined the Windsor Spitfires, and didn’t waste any time figuring out the OHL style of play. He’s already a point-per-game player, and is a big reason why the team has been successful this year.
The lone exception to the grit and two-way play this group provides, Conor Garland is a scoring machine and could be one of the biggest steals from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. After winning the scoring title, Garland was taken in the fifth round and already has seven goals and 16 assists through just 10 games. Born in Scituate, MA, Garland has an outside shot of joining Dvorak and Fischer to represent the U.S.
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