2015 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

By David Hahn

Erik Kallgren - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Linkoping goaltender Erik Kallgren was one of two goaltenders chosen by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Brendan Warren, LW, USNDTP (USHL)
3rd round, 81st overall
Height: 6-0 Weight: 178 lbs

With Christian Fischer already on board, the Coyotes turned to another player from the United States Development Program and selected Brendan Warren. As fierce a competitor as it gets, Warren emerged as a valuable asset in a bottom-six role, providing the team with a tenacious brand of hockey. He managed 38 points, so he is not void of offensive ability, but still projects as more of a complementary forward at the professional level. He will return to the U.S. program before heading to Michigan under the tutelage of legendary Head Coach Red Berenson.

Jens Lööke, RW, Brynäs (SHL)
3rd round, 83rd overall
Height: 6-0 Weight: 174 lbs

Jens Looke made the transition from junior to professional hockey this season with Brynas, and was a very deserving third-round pick of the Coyotes. He gained valuable experience playing against players larger and more experienced than him, but still managed to find the scoresheet thanks to his sneaky vision and shot release. Looke has the innate ability to create offense from nothing, thanks in part to his effective skating stride. Overall, Looke’s versatility to play either wing could be a valuable asset as he progresses.

Conor Garland, RW, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
5th round, 123rd overall
Height: 5-7 Weight: 165 lbs

Dylan Strome was tied atop the CHL in scoring this year with 126 points, but with Strome on board already, the Coyotes took the player he was tied with, Conor Garland. As a draft re-entry candidate, the diminutive Garland led the QMJHL in scoring thanks to his insatiable appetite for creating offense. With size perhaps the only reason he lasted until the fifth round, Garland consistently brought Moncton fans out of their seats with highlight-reel goals and assists. If he can translate that to the professional ranks, the Coyotes may have struck gold with the addition of Garland.

Erik Källgren, G, Linköping J20 (SuperElit)
7th round, 183rd overall
Height: 5-11 Weight: 157 lbs

The Coyotes’ final selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was undersized Swedish goaltender Erik Kallgren. The obvious knock on him is his size, but he more than makes up for his lack of height and girth with sharp reflexes and a tenacious, never-give-up attitude. Kallgren was named as the SuperElit’s Best Goaltender with a 1.75 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. He signed a contract with Linkoping of the SHL, but is likely to spend the next season in Sweden’s second-tiered Allsvenskan with Oskarshamn.


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