Arizona drafts, what could have been!

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HOCKEY GM ADVICE

So the Coyotes have not been a competitive team for awhile and with the high draft picks they have had recently, they should have rebounded and been a playoff contender by now. Let’s take a look at the Coyotes first round picks from the past few seasons and what they could have gotten instead.

Let’s start all the way back in:

2004:

The Coyotes chose with the 5th overall pick: Blake Wheeler

Wheeler was the best available pick for the Coyotes, but after attending University he refused to sign with the Yotes so they lost him for nothing. Players that could have been taken instead are:

Mike Green

David Krejci

Andrew Ladd

2005:

The Coyotes chose with the 17th overall Pick: Martin Hanzal

Should have chosen:

Paul Stastny

James Neal

Keith Yandle

T.J. Oshie

Kristopher Letang

2006:

The Coyotes had the 8th and 29th overall pick choosing Peter Mueller & Chris Summers

Players could have chosen with 8th:

Claude Giroux

Brad Marchand

Nick Foligno

Picks with 29th:

Michael Frolik

Artem Anisimov

2007:

The Coyotes selected with the 3rd overall pick: Kyle Turris

Later traded for David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick.

Players they should have chosen:

Jamie Benn

Jakub Voracek

Logan Couture

David Perron

Max Pacioretty

P.K. Subban

2008:

The Coyotes selected with the 8th overall pick: Mikkel Boedker

Players they should have chosen:

Erik Karlsson

Jordan Eberle

Derek Stepan

John Carlson

Roman Josi

2009:

The Coyotes selected with the 6th overall pick: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

They nailed this pick.

2010:

The Coyotes selected with the 13th overall pick: Brandon Gormley

Players they should have chosen:

Vladimir Tarasenko

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Mark Stone

Jaden Schwartz

Cam Fowler

2011:

The Coyotes selected with the 20th overall pick: Connor Murphy

Players they should have chosen:

Nikita Kucherov

Johnny Gaudreau

Vincent Trocheck

2012:

The Coyotes selected with the 27th overall pick: Henrik Samuelsson

Players they should have chosen:

Shayne Gostisbehere

Colton Parayko

2013:

The Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick: Max Domi

Later traded to Montreal, this was the correct pick.

2014:

The Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick: Brendan Perlini

Players they should have chosen:

David Pastrnak

Dylan Larkin

Brayden Point

Viktor Arvidsson

2015:

The Coyotes selected with the 3rd and 30th overall picks: Dylan Strome & Nick Merkley

Players they should have chosen with 3rd overall:

Mikko Rantanen

Mitch Marner

Sebastian Aho

Mathew Barzal

Zach Werenski

Brock Boeser

Ivan Provorov

Thomas Chabot

Players could have chosen with 30th:

Sebastian Aho

Anthony Cirelli

Brandon Carlo

We will stop the list here as The past 3 drafts are still to early to determine. But here is what a roster could have looked like between 2004-2015

Benn - Point - Kucherov

Marchand - Aho - Marner

Keller - Krejci - Tarasenko

OPEN - Anisimov - OPEN

(4th line of current players)

OEL - Karlsson

Gostisbehere - Letang

Chychrun - Hjalmarsson

This is all what ifs, and the draft position would change depending on the success of players, but its amazing to see how many times teams blow a draft pick.