The Arizona Coyotes traded up to get their guy in the first round on Friday night, handing the 14th and 45th picks to Philadelphia to draft defenseman Victor Soderstrom 11th overall.
General manager John Chayka spoke highly of Soderstrom, saying they weren’t going to leave the draft without him. He’s a right-shot D with good hockey sense and puck-moving ability and is “not far off” from being NHL ready. We’ll see how long that takes.
On day two, for rounds two through seven, the Coyotes were set to make more selections. They entered the day without a second-round pick, because they used it to move up from 14 to 11. But be assured that the team did its homework in trying to find value at their later picks in the draft.
Here’s a tracker of the what the Coyotes did on day two:
Trade: Pick 74 to PIT for picks 98, 151 and 207
The Coyotes traded their first pick of day two, trading one of their two picks in the third round to the Penguins. With that pick, Pittsburgh selected right wing Nathan Legare.
Round 3, Pick 76: C John Farinacci — Dexter School, MA
Chayka has been known to place high value on centers and defensemen, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that his first two picks in this year’s draft are at those positions.
John Farinacci is a center who played at Dexter, a high school in Massachusetts. He’s ranked as the 37th-best North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds.
Farinacci, a right shot, scored 12 goals and 21 assists in 16 games for Dexter last season and is committed to Harvard.
The Ahtletic‘s draft analyst Corey Pronman described Farinacci as someone with great hockey sense and poise with the puck, and “a mature understanding of the center position.” His skating ability was cited as his main flaw. Pronman had Farinacci as the 76th prospect, which is exactly where Arizona took him.
Round 4, Pick 98: LW Matias Maccelli — Dubuque, USHL
Going with a forward in back-to-back picks, the Coyotes get a Finnish winger who had 33 goals and 72 points in 62 games in the USHL last season.
NHL Central Scouting ranked the left-handed shot 51st among North American skaters, and he was the 49th-ranked prospect by The Athletic.
Central Scouting’s bio on Maccelli says he models his game after Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau.
Round 4, Pick 107: RW Alexandr Darin — Loko-Junior Yaroslavl
Darin is a right-shot forward who was ranked 26th among European skaters. At 5-foot-11 and 159 pounds, Darin scored 30 goals and 57 points in 65 games between two levels of hockey in Russia last season. He also had a goal and four assists in 12 playoff games.
Round 5, Pick 151: RW Aku Raty — Finland Jr. A, Karpat
Raty was ranked 67th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6-foot, 170-pound right shot scored 19 goals with 26 assists in 52 games in the Finnish Junior A Liiga last season.
Round 6, Pick 174: LW Danil Savunov — Russia
Savunov, a left shot at 5-foot-10 and 148 pounds, played 55 games between two leagues in Russia last year and scored 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in the process. He did not appear on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.
Round 6, Pick 176: C Anthony Romano — Sioux Falls, USHL
The Coyotes go with six forwards in a row, taking Romano, who scored 47 points in 60 games in the USHL last year (26 goals with 21 assists). He had only three points in 10 playoffs games.
He’s a 5-foot-11, right-handed shooting forward who is committed to Clarkson (NCAA). He’s from Richmond Hill, Ontario but started playing in the US last season. NHL Central Scouting had him as the 52nd-ranked skater in North America.
Round 7, Pick 200: D Axel Bergkvist — Leksands J20, Sweden
Breaking the streak of all the forwards taken, Arizona picks up a 5-foot-9, left-shot defenseman who had almost a point per game last year at one of the two levels of hockey he played. With 12 goals and nine assists in 23 games with SuperElit Leksands J20, Bergkvist also had 3-7-10 in 36 games with Leksands Allsvenskan.
Round 7, Pick 207: C Valentin Nussbaumer — Shawinigan, QMJHL
Adding another forward with the final pick for good measure, the Coyotes get a Swiss player who played in the Q last season. For Shawinigan, Nussbaumer scored 17 goals with 21 assists in 58 games.