And on the second day of the draft the Coyotes selected a New Yorker, Canadian and a Swede, all are familiar with snow and ice, welcome to the desert boys! You don't need to pack that electric ice scraper.
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the team has selected right wing Philip Lane with the 52nd overall pick and center Oscar Lindberg with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In addition, the Coyotes selected goaltender Louis Domingue with the 138th overall pick in the fifth round of the Entry Draft.
The Coyotes are getting some good reviews from their draft so far:
Biggest Surprise II: The slides of Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley As one NHL executive said after the watching these defensive studs slip into the middle of the first round, "I thought [those two] would have gone a lot earlier, but you never know what teams are really thinking." Ultimately, the willingness to pass time and again on this duo -- Fowler went 12th to Anaheim, Gormley 13th to Phoenix -- was likely more a matter of teams preferring to load up on front-end talent rather than a sign of concern over their perceived shortcomings. Still, the snubs were a shock to both observers and the players' families. I talked to Fowler's father briefly in the concourse after his son's name had been called and the disappointment was palpable. In time though, both players will realize they've landed in ideal situations. Fowler goes to the Ducks just as power play QB and offensive catalyst Scott Niedermayer (the man who handed Fowler his first pro jersey) steps into retirement. Gormley goes to the Coyotes, a team that is loading up on back-end talent, and should excel under Dave Tippett, the man recently christened as the NHL's coach of the year. Either of these two could wind up regarded as the steal of the draft.
Pick acquired from Calgary in the Olli Jokinen trade. SI.com's Allan Muir says: There's a Duncan Keith-quality to the 6-2, 180-pound defender's game and puck skills are his standout talent. "He makes a great breakout pass," said one scout. "He can read the play as well as anyone, and his positioning is textbook. You can rely on him in any situation."
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