TSP: Arizona Coyotes Prospects

Barrett Hayton Arizona Coyotes Prospects
WINDSOR, ON - OCTOBER 05: Forward Barrett Hayton #27 of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds celebrates his first period goal against the Windsor Spitfires on October 5, 2017 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Welcome to the 2019 Top Shelf Prospects series. As we go through the Summer of 2019 LWOH will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. We will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can find all the articles here.  Since we had an extensive NHL Draft preview, we will not be reviewing the players who were drafted in the 2019 draft, as there have been no games since then, and our reports on them will not have changed. Today we look at the Arizona Coyotes Prospects.

What we will be doing is linking you to those articles, as well as taking a look at prospects that were acquired before this year’s draft; their progress, and their chances of making the 2019-20 roster of the NHL team in question. We will also bring you one sleeper pick – a player who was either drafted in the 4th-round or later, or was an undrafted free agent signing who we pick as our dark horse to make the NHL. For those wondering, the cut-off for what is or isn’t a prospect is typically about 50 NHL games played (including playoff games) or is 25 years old. These are not hard or fast rules though, and we may make some exceptions depending on the circumstances.

Arizona Coyotes Prospects

No team had more injury issues than the Coyotes last year. Whether it was losing starting Antti Raanta for most of the season, or injuries suffered by Derek Stepan, Jakob Chychrun, Michael Grabner, Nick Schmaltz, or a number of others, it seemed that the Coyotes never had a full lineup. Despite that, the team that many predicted would finish close to the bottom of the NHL standings were in the playoff chase right to the very end.

The off-season saw general manager John Chayka make a number of moves to try and improve the team. The biggest of these was sending Alex Galchenyuk and prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade for winger Phil Kessel. He also picked up centre Carl Soderberg and added Phil Housley as an assistant coach. The biggest news of the off-season might be in the ownership suite though, as Alex Meruelo now has majority control.

2019 NHL Draft Picks (Grade B): Victor SoderstromJohn FarinacciMatias MaccelliAlexandr DarinAku RatyDanil SavunovAnthony RomanoAxel BergkvistValentin Nussbaumer,
Graduations: Dylan Strome (traded), Pierre-Olivier Joseph (traded), Ilya Lyubushkin (age),

 

Top Prospect: Barrett Hayton

Centre/Left Wing — shoots Left
Born June 9th, 2000 — Peterborough, Ontario
Height 6’1″ — Weight 191 lbs [185 cm / 87 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 1st round, 5th Overall at the 2018 NHL Draft

A number of nagging injuries limited Hayton to just 39 regular-season games for Sault Ste. Marie this past season. When he was healthy, he lit up the scoreboard with 26 goals and 66 points in 39 games. He also added six goals and 16 points in 11 playoff games. Hayton also played for Team Canada at the World Juniors with four points in five games.

Skating

Hayton is a very good skater. His top-end speed and acceleration are both good. He has very good edgework and agility and maneuvers well through traffic both with and without the puck. Hayon’s stride is long and powerful. He has good lower-body strength and is tough to knock off the puck. Hayton can fight through checks and get to the net. He will get even better as he adds more muscle to his frame.

Offensive Game

Hayton has a decent wrist shot and a good release. A big reason for his increased goal scoring over the past two years has been his ability to get into the right spots and use that wrist shot more often. He has also improved his accuracy but can still stand to get better in this area. His slap shot needs some work though, as it lacks power and his wind-up is very big. Hayton is not afraid to get to the front of the net. Once he gets there, he battles hard for position and has the soft hands to finish plays in tight. Hayton scores on tip-ins, quick one-timers and by quickly pouncing on rebounds. He can even score on his backhand.

Hayton plays a straightforward game. He protects the puck well on the cycle and has some soft hands. However, he is not the type of forward to dangle a defenceman and get past him in a one-on-one situation. Instead, Hayton looks to keep the puck moving, find the open man, and then get it to the net. He is a smart player, who makes quick, smart plays with the puck on his stick. He is also good on the forecheck. While he does not lay a lot of big hits, he gets in quickly, pressuring defenders and creating turnovers.

Defensive Game

Defensively Hayton backchecks hard and shows good positioning. He provides solid backpressure and puck support, helping his defence. He battles hard on the boards, containing his man down low, and keeping him from getting to the front of the net. Hayton shows a good stick and cuts down passing lanes. He keeps himself between the puck and the net and is not afraid to block shots. Overall his defensive game is advanced for an 18-year old.

Outlook

With Stepan, Schmaltz, and Soderberg at centre cracking the lineup won’t be easy for Hayton. The NHL-CHL Transfer Agreement means that Hayton will either need to be in the NHL or OHL next season. He can’t play in the AHL until his OHL season is done. This leaves the Coyotes in a tough spot, as Hayton may not be ready for the NHL and they may not have the minutes at the NHL level to give him and allow him to continue to develop. At the same time, he is dominant at the OHL level and it could be argued he’s ready for the next challenge. If he has a good camp, the Coyotes might keep him up for a nine-game audition and see if he is ready to make that jump.

 

Prospect #2: Victor Soderstrom

The Coyotes drafted Soderstrom with the 11th overall pick in this year’s NHL draft. Prior to the draft, we did an in-depth scouting report on Soderstrom. As no games have been played since that report; we will not repeat it. You can check out the report here.

 

Prospect #3: Nick Merkley

Right Wing — shoots Right
Born May 23rd, 1997 — Calgary, Alberta
Height 5’10” — Weight 194 lbs [178 cm / 88 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 1st round, #30 overall at the 2015 NHL Draft

It was more of the same in 2019-20 for Nick Merkley. He missed the early part of the season with a knee injury, but when he did play, he was very, very good. Merkley scored 10 goals and 34 points in 45 games in his second AHL season.

Skating

The knee injuries seem to have effected Merkley. He seemed a bit slower last season and didn’t have the same power to his game after his return. He also could be hesitant to make cuts at times. It is hoped that with another off-season of strengthening and recovery, Merkley will return to his old form.

When he is at his best, Merkley is a very good skater with a solid stride. He has a low centre of gravity and good lower body strength which gives him great balance and strength. He is very difficult to knock off the puck and wins board battles. Merkley has very good speed and acceleration as well. He has the ability to change speeds and vary his approach, which can make him tough to handle for defenders. Merkley’s agility and edgework make him extremely elusive, and he can beat defenders to the net, both on the rush and in the cycle game.

Offensive Game

Merkley is listed at 5-foot-10 and size is the major knock against him. Despite the size, Merkley isn’t afraid to go to the net, and to battle in the dirty areas of the ice; fighting for pucks in the corners or battling in the front of the net. He is also willing to drive the net both with and without the puck. With his balance and good lower body strength, he is hard to knock off the puck.

He has solid offensive skills including very good vision and passing ability. Merkley sees the ice very well and can thread a tape-to-tape pass through the smallest of openings. Merkley has high-end hockey IQ and almost always seems to make the smart play with the puck on his stick. He uses good stickhandling and puck protection in the cycle game to extend plays and wait for his teammates to get open. While Merkley is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, he also has an accurate shot and good release. He started to use that shot more and the results are seen in his increased goal totals. He could still stand to shoot the puck more though.

Defensive Game

Merkley is tenacious in the backcheck and uses his hockey IQ to anticipate plays and create turnovers. He gets the transition game going very quickly when he does steal pucks or intercept passes. He is willing to block shots and works to provide back pressure and support down low. Again more upper body strength would help him to contain opposing forwards down low in the cycle game. Merkley is the type of high-energy player who never takes a shift off and competes hard in all three zones, and is the type who will quickly become a coaches’ favourite.

Outlook

Merkley heads to training camp looking to make the Coyotes, but coming off the injury and with the increased scoring depth (as well as tough competition) expect to see Merkley start the season in the AHL this season. If he continues to score at a high rate for the Roadrunners, he could find himself in Phoenix before the end of the season.

 

#4 Prospect: Kyle Capobianco

Defence — shoots Left
Born August 13th, 1997 — Mississauga, Ontario
Height 6’1″ — Weight 196 lbs [185 cm / 89 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 3rd round, #63 overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft

Capobianco continued to improve in his second pro season, scoring seven goals and 32 points in 40 AHL. He also got in two games with Arizona. However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury during his second game with the Coyotes. It was a disappointing end to what had been a promising season for Capobianco.

Skating

Capobianco’s game is defined by his outstanding skating ability. He is so smooth it is like he glides out there on the ice, often looking like he is floating just above the surface. Capobianco shows excellent speed and acceleration both forwards and backwards, great pivots, excellent lateral agility, and fantastic edgework.

The great skating gives him outstanding mobility. It allows Capobianco to lead or join the rush offensively and still recover back to his position. He covers a ton of ice, and it is very difficult to beat Capobianco one-on-one because he is so good on his feet. His footwork can give Capobianco an edge on retrieving loose pucks and moving them out of the zone quickly. He could stand to add some lower body strength to improve his balance and work on the boards and in front of the net.

Offensive Game

Capobianco adds very good stickhandling to his skating skill allowing him to move the puck out of danger, and to lead the rush. He also has the instincts to know when to join as a trailer. Capobianco has an excellent wrist shot, with a good release. His slapshot is decent, could use more power. He is more of a facilitator than a shooter though, as he can quarterback the power play. Capobianco is calm and poised with the puck at the blueline. He uses his agility to walk the line and open up passing and shooting lanes. He sees the ice well and makes smart passes through small openings to set up his teammates.

Defensive Game

Defensively, Capobianco continues to improve each year. While his skating makes him hard to beat in one-on-one situations, he can still have some trouble when the puck is pinned in his end. He has gotten stronger which helps him to handle stronger forwards in the cycle game, to clear the front of the net, and to win battles along the boards. While his strength improved over where he was in junior, it still needs a bit more work as he is now facing stronger forwards at the pro level.

His positioning and instincts are also improving. He still relies a bit too much on his skating ability to get him out of trouble and tight spots. At the pro level, quickness is a huge asset, but defenders cannot get away with relying solely on quickness. He will need to be properly positioned as well. It is an area that he has improved though and another year of strong coaching should help him.

Outlook

Capobianco’s offensive game is close to NHL ready. While he needs a bit more time to round out his defensive game, he is getting so close that he could be in the NHL. However, losing half the season to a knee injury complicates the issue. He might need to start in the AHL and get himself back up to speed. Expect to see him earn a call-up once his skating and mobility are back to 100 percent.

 

#5 Prospect: Kevin Bahl

Defence — shoots Left
Born June 27th, 2000 — Mississauga, Ontario
Height 6’6″ — Weight 231 lbs [198 cm / 105 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2nd round, 55th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft

Bahl had a breakout season, putting up six goals and 34 points in 68 games for the Ottawa 67s. He also performed well in the playoffs with 11 points in 15 games.

Skating

Most big defenders have skating issues. However, Bahl’s skating is actually above average. His first step and acceleration could use some work, but once he gets going he has pretty good top-end speed. He has the agility and edgework to walk the line in the offensive zone, opening up passing and shooting lanes. Bahl is also good at moving laterally while skating backwards, keeping opponents in front of him. His size is an advantage as he is tough to knock off the puck. He has good balance, winning battles in the corners and in front of the net.

Offensive Game

Bahl’s offensive game really took off this season. He makes a good read and first pass out of the zone, but keeps things simple. Bahl usually makes the shortest possible pass to an open man. However, he added the ability to take a few more chances and to trying to hit forwards with long breakaways passes. He is not one to lead the rush through the neutral zone. However, Bahl has started taking more chances in joining the rush as a trailer this past season.

At the blue line, Bahl’s shot is very good, but he does not move around a lot to open up his shooting lane. However, Bahl has learned how to change angles with his stickhandling and open up passing lanes in the offensive end. This has seen him set up more scoring chances for teammates this year. Still, Bahl is more focused on the defensive end of the ice than the offensive one, not looking to pinch or take chances. The 67s, at times, have used him to play in front of the net on the power play, but this had limited success.

Defensive Game

Bahl’s bread and butter is his defensive game. His strong skating, agility, and long stick make him very hard to beat in one-on-one situations. His long reach helps him to take the puck off opponents with an excellent poke check. He has good positioning and that reach also cuts down passing and shooting lanes. Bahl is particularly effective down low on the penalty kill, where he can take away plays in and around the goal line and slot.

Bahl is not the biggest hitter. He is disciplined and does not get himself caught out of position to throw huge checks. However, this does not mean that he is not physical. He is a man=beast on the boards, winning battles and clearing the zone. He also keeps the front of the net clear, allowing his goaltender to see shots and make saves. Bahl is not afraid to put his body on the line and block shots.

Outlook

Bahl will head back to Ottawa this season and continue to work to improve in his last OHL season. Big defenders often take time to be NHL ready, and it would not be surprising if Bahl needs a year or two of AHL time after his junior career is done.

 

#6 Prospect: Jan Jenik

Centre — shoots Left
Born September 15th, 2000 — Brno, Czech Republic
Height 6’1″ — Weight 180 lbs [185 cm / 82 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 3rd round, #65 overall at the 2018 NHL Draft

Drafted by Flint in the CHL Import Draft, Jenik instead started the season in the Czech Republic. When Flint traded his rights to the Hamilton Bulldogs in January, Jenik made his way overseas to play in the OHL. In 27 OHL games, he put up 13 goals and 30 points in 27 games. He also added one point if two playoff games. Jenik represented his country at the World Juniors, scoring two points in three games.

Skating

Jenik’s skating is a bit of a work in progress. His top-end speed and acceleration are slightly below average. His stride is choppy and robs Jenik of much-needed power. He also has some issues with his edgework and agility. Jenik could also work on being stronger on the puck. He has some issues containing big forwards in the cycle or winning battles in the corners.

Offensive Game

Jenik has good size at six-foot-one but is underdeveloped at just 165 pounds. He plays an aggressive two-way game fighting in the corners for loose pucks and battling hard in front of the net. Jenik pressures defenders on the forecheck, forcing them to move the puck quickly and often causing them to make mistakes. He is willing to get to the front of the net and create traffic. When he has the puck, Jenik protects it well down low and creates in the cycle. However, he must bulk up to play that style at the NHL level.

Jenik also has skill. His puck protection game is aided by his strong stickhandling ability. He is able to keep the puck away from opponents. He is also able to make a quick change in angle, creating a passing lane and getting the puck to his teammate. Jenik shows good vision and playmaking aptitude. His shot has a quick release but Jenik would score more goals if he could add power.

Defensive Game

Jenik is also good in his own end. He is willing to bring his physical and gritty game in all three ends of the ice. Jenik supports the defence on the backcheck. He keeps players in front of him and away from the front of the net. He also does a good job of using a long stick to cut down passing and shooting lanes. One of the bigger issues though is his lack of strength. He can have issues containing other bigger forwards down low.

Outlook

Jenik returns to the OHL where he should get plenty of ice time and play against the opponent’s top line. He will need to spend some time in the weight room to prepare to move to Tucson. He also needs to work on his skating. The skill level is high and if he can fix those issues he could be a steal.

 

#7 Prospect: John Farinacci

The Coyotes drafted Farinacci with the 76th overall pick in this year’s NHL draft. Prior to the draft, we did an in-depth scouting report on Farinacci. As no games have been played since that report; we will not repeat it. You can check out the report here.

 

#8 Prospect: Adin Hill

Goaltender — shoots Left — catches Left
Born May 11th, 1996 — Comox, British Columbia
Height 6’6″ — Weight 202 lbs [198 cm/92 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 3rd round, #76 overall at the 2015 NHL Draft

With all the injuries in Arizona last year, Hill was able to play 13 NHL games last season. He had a 2.76 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage. When first called up, Hill was on fire. He posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.56 goals-against-average and a .977 save percentage in his five appearances and also was named the NHL’s second star of the week in December. Obviously, those numbers were unsustainable and when he came back down to earth, he was sent back to the AHL. Overall, Hill played 36 games in the AHL, with a 2.61 goals-against-average and .906 save percentage behind a weak Tucson team.

Skating and Talent Analysis

At 6-foot-6, Hill has the ideal size that teams are looking for in a modern goalie prospect. He takes advantage of this size by coming well out of the net to cut down the angle and take away any free space. Hill skates well, so he can get back if the attacker tries to deke him or move side-to-side when he passes the pucks. His strong legs allow him to get across the net quickly. Hill plays more of a standup style than most modern goalies. There is some butterfly in there, and it should be classified as a hybrid style, but it does lean more towards standup.

Hill has improved his rebound control in recent years. Like most young goalies, there is still room for more improvement but he is much better now than when he first joined Tucson. He is an athletic goaltender who can recover extremely quickly when he is caught out of position.

Mental Makeup

During his junior career in Portland, there were often times when Hill did not see a lot of quality scoring chances. He was playing behind a very strong, and sometimes dominant Winterhawks team. Despite this, Hill was able to maintain concentration and be ready to make the big save the next time a chance came his way. In contrast, Hill faced a different challenge in Tucson, where he was peppered with shots behind a weaker club. He also excelled in this situation, making stops and being prepared for the next stop. When he did give up a goal or two, he would remain poised and avoid letting things spiral out of control.

Outlook

With Raanta healthy and Darcy Kuemper also on the roster, it is likely that Hill will go back to the AHL and play in Tucson. He still needs a bit more development. Kuemper will be a free agent in 2020 and that may be the time that Hill gets his shot to be a backup goalie. Of course, his performance this season will be part of the decision-making process as he will need to show he’s ready to be in the NHL full-time.

 

#9 Prospect: Ty Emberson

Defence — shoots Right
Born May 23rd, 2000 — Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Height 6’1″ — Weight 195 lbs [185 cm / 88 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 3rd round, #73 overall at the 2018 NHL Draft

Emberson had a solid freshman season with Wisconsin, putting up four goals and 12 points in 37 games. He produced despite limited ice-time and is expected to a get a bigger role this season.

Skating

While he is not a blazing skater, Emberson has good speed in both directions. His acceleration is particularly good. Emberson has strong lateral movement, allowing him to keep attackers in front of him off the rush. He has good edgework and pivots. Emberson transitions quickly from defence to offence and vice-versa. Emberson has a wide stride. He is well-balanced and tough to knock off the puck. This also helps him to battle along the boards and in front of the net.

Offensive Game

Emberson is very much a stay-at-home type. While he is able to control the puck and is tough to knock off it, he does not lead or join the rush often. Instead, Emberson will skate the puck out of danger in his own zone and look to move it to an open forward. He is capable of making short passes on the breakout but can struggle to make the long breakaway pass or to put the puck through a lot of traffic.

Emberson’s shot is decent but not overpowering. He understands to keep it low and on the net, giving his teammates opportunities for tip-ins and rebounds. Emberson again makes the simple pass from the point in the offensive zone, keeping things moving if he does not have a shot on net. He is not the type to be overly creative though.

Defensive Game

Emberson is a very physical defender. Opponents must be wary of coming down his side of the ice with their head down. He maintains a good gap and can explode into a hit if one presents itself. He is also extremely physical in board battles and in clearing the front of the net. Emberson does a good job of not crossing the line though. He does not take a lot of penalties, despite his physical edge. Emberson is also disciplined in his positional play. He takes the hits that present themselves and does not run around and get himself caught out of position often. He was a key penalty killer with the US NTDP and should get more responsibility on this unit at Wisconsin this season.

Outlook

Emberson is likely a few years away from the NHL. He should be back at the Wisconsin this fall, ready for his sophomore season. The Coyotes hope that he can continue to improve his offensive game.

 

#10 Prospect: Cam Dineen

Defence — shoots Left
Born June 19th, 1998 — Toms River, New Jersey
Height 5’11” — Weight 184 lbs [180 cm / 83 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 3rd round, #68 overall at the 2016 NHL Draft

The first pro season is often an adjustment for junior players. Dineen is no different. While he showed flashes of his skill and offensive potential, scoring 12 points in 57 games, Dineen also had growing pains in Tucson.

Skating

Dineen isn’t a pure speedster, but his skating is above average. He has decent speed and acceleration in both directions, though it could stand to continue to be improved. His edgework and agility though are very good, and his first step is quick, which allows him to cover a lot of ice and in all directions. Dineen uses his body well to shield the puck in the cycle. He was strong on his skates in junior, but coming up to the pros it was clear that he struggled to play against men. He should look to add upper-body and lower-body strength in the off-season.

Offensive Game

Coming into the new league Dineen played a safe game. He didn’t take a lot of chances focusing on playing strong defence. The flashes of offence were seen though. When Dineen is at his best, he thinks a game at a high level. He handles the puck with poise, and sees openings in the defence to thread a pass to a teammate. Dineen quarterbacks things from the point on the power play, showing the ability to walk the line and to create passing and shooting lanes. He is poised and waits for the right opportunity, making smart plays with the puck on his stick. Dineen can thread the puck onto a teammate’s tape, even through tight areas.

In addition to being an excellent playmaker, Dineen has a very good slap shot. When faced with heavy traffic, he understands to keep his shot low and gets it on net providing opportunities for tip-ins and rebounds. He needs to shoot more though, as he seemed hesitant at times. Dineen also has good stickhandling ability, however, he did not seem to rush the puck up the ice much this past season, something he was comfortable with in the past.  He can also make a good first pass to start the transition game, including being able to make a home-run pass to a streaking forward.

Defensive Game

Dineen has improved his defensive game over the last few years. He uses his hockey IQ to maintain good positioning, and a quick stick to cut down passing and shooting lanes. The quickness with which he retrieves loose pucks and starts the transition game is also a major asset. However, his lack of size still creates some issues here. He can have issues clearing the front of the net, containing forwards cycling the puck, and winning battles along the boards. This has improved with added muscle, but there could be some more strength needed as he faces pros.

Outlook

Expect to see Dineen back in Tucson this season, where he get more power-play time, especially if Capobianco is in the NHL. He needs more time in the AHL, but there is potential here and he fits the new style of strong skating and puck-moving defenceman.

 

Sleeper Prospect: Tyler Steenbergen

Right Wing/Centre — shoots Right
Born January 7th, 1998 — Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Height 5’10” — Weight 188 lbs [178 cm / 85 kg]
Drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 5th round, #128 overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft

Steenbergen went undrafted in 2016, but when he scored 51 goals in 2016-17 the Coyotes used a fifth-round pick on him in the 2017 Draft. He rewarded their faith in him and came up with an even bigger season in 2017-18. Last season, he moved up to the pros, putting up nine goals and 22 points in 63 points in Tucson.

Skating

While he is a little undersized, Steenbergen makes up for it with strong skating ability. He is fast and reaches his top speed in just a few strides. He has excellent acceleration and his ability to change speeds is something he uses as a weapon on the rush. If he gets a step on a defender, he can blow by on the outside and cut to the net. If defenders back off, he can use them as a screen and fire a shot on net. Steenbergen also has very good edgework and agility. He is slippery and tough to contain in one-on-one situations. Steenbergen could add lower body strength, to help him in board battles and be stronger on the puck. He is pushed off the puck too much right now and that hurts him in the AHL.

Offensive Game

Steenbergen is a sniper. He has a very good wrist shot and a quick release. He also has a good one-timer. Steenbergen works the half-wall on the power play, walking off the boards to fire that wrist shot, or getting open for a one-timer when he does not have the puck. He is also willing to go to the front of the net, where he can pounce on rebounds or use good hand-eye coordination to tip-in pucks.

Steenbergen sees the ice well and can also play the role of playmaker. His shifty skating opens up passing lanes and he is able to hit teammates with a tape-to-tape pass. He works well on a give-and-go type plays, keeping his feet moving and getting open after passing to a teammate. Steenbergen needs to be stronger on the puck in order to control down low below the hash marks and to win battles on the boards. Right now the majority of his offence is generated off the rush and on the power play.

Defensive Game

Steenbergen shows commitment to backchecking and playing a responsible defensive game. He supports the defence down low and provides effective backpressure against the rush. Steenbergen reads the play well and is strong positionally. He could stand to put on more muscle as this will help him to contain some of the bigger forwards he will face as he moves up to pro hockey.

Outlook

Steenbergen will likely spend another year in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. He is talented but struggled in his first pro season. Steenbergen was better at the end of last season than he was early in the year. Most AHL rookies struggle and Steenbergen was no different but he could improve this season with a year under his belt. While he played some centre in junior, he is trending more as a winger at this point.

 

System Outlook

The Coyotes have started to move some of their prospects and draft picks for current talent. Despite that, the system still has depth. In goal, the team also has Ivan Prosvetov, Merrick Madsen, Erik Kallgren, and David Tendeck. Defence prospects to watch include Cameron Crotty, Michael Callahan, Dennis Busby, Dysin Mayo, and Dane Birks. Meanwhile, they have Nate Schnarr, Hudson Fasching, Brayden Burke, Liam Kirk, Alexander Daryin, and Matias Maccelli as forwards to watch.

 

Arizona Coyotes Prospects Main Photo:

WINDSOR, ON – OCTOBER 05: Forward Barrett Hayton #27 of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds celebrates his first-period goal against the Windsor Spitfires on October 5, 2017, at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

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