Phoenix Coyotes Draft Review Part 1

By Russell Brooks

Editors Note: Profiles will begin to be updated with the draftees profiles being edited and filled out. A new Top 20 list will be in the making and should be done within the next month or so. The second part of this draft analysis will come out sometime this upcoming week.

The Coyotes had one main theory going into this
draft and that was to take the fastest, tallest, most physical players
available on the board when their time on the clock came. Every player
the Coyotes draft was taller then 6’0” and was, with the exception of
two players, born in North America. The Coyotes plan going into the
first day was to restock the organization with prospects and to acquire
some depth with their five picks in the first 80 overall. As for every
team the goal in the second day is to go out and find that one sleeper
in the later rounds that might be able to make the team in the future.
The Coyotes think they might have found that sleeper in John Zeiler.
Enough of my ramblings now lets get to the Coyotes draft picks.


#19 (Round 1) Jakub Koreis – Forward  – Plzen,
Czech Republic


hardworking playmaker Jakub Koreis was one of the best players among
international competition since he entered the Under-16 team. Last
season he was tied for second with Kamil Kreps among goalscorers for the
Under-17 team. Jakub lit the lamp seven times.


won’t probably ever be a huge goalscoring threat but a top-notch
playmaker who can fight along the boards and in front of the net where
he looks for rebounds. Jakub also helps the defense a lot and is willing
to take a hit or make a hit. Jakub needs to refine his scoring touch a
bit and be more mature, else he has only very few weaknesses. Definitely
worth a second or third round pick.


Koreis is a solid 2-way centre that played in the Czech Junior leagues
last season. Koreis is strong with the puck and is an excellent skater.
He won’t score many goals but will still be considered dangerous because
of his strong skating, solid stick handling and excellent passing.
Koreis has excellent vision of the ice and rarely makes a mistake with
the puck. He is a defensively responsible player who often helps his
team with his strong back checking.


Projected Like: Bobby Holik

Chance in the NHL: 9/10









Plzen, Czech Jr








#23 (Round 1) Ben Eager – Forward – Oshawa,


A big and skilled forward
with above-average offensive upside. He plays with a lot of spunk; Eager
likes to bang, work in traffic and go to the net with authority. Ben has
a hard shot to compliment his drive…


Size will be an advantage for
Eager come draft time. He is adequately skilled, but his heart and work
ethic will keep him in the first round.


Many in-the-know people think that Koreis could be the steal of the draft.
Being the steal of the draft does not mean being the best played drafted but
being the best player drafted that team’s passed over. He is coming of knee
surgery which could slow his progress down at the beginning of the 2002-03
season, but he should be able to rebound quickly and finish with a solid
second half. Koreis will eventually fill the hole for a big 2-way centre
created with the Handzus/Boucher trade.


Projected Like: Darren McCarty

Chance in the NHL: 7.5/10









Oshawa, OHL








#46 (Round 2) David Lenevue – Goalie –
Cornell University, NCAA


Central Scouting Bureau says:
Possesses strong
skating ability with good balance, quickness and athleticism … has very
quick lateral movement and uses a controlled butterfly style … has a fast
glove hand … plays a sound positional game, effectively staying square to
the shooter … is very alert and aware of what is happening around him …
effectively uses the paddle-down technique in scramble situations …
effectively sets up for the defensemen to breakout … has good overall
instincts … plays with a lot of intensity with a confident attitude … is
a strong individual who effectively holds his ground when forwards crash the
net … refuses to get intimidated.


He played backup
last year and had a very good year. He should get all of the workload this
upcoming year with Cornell. Lenevue plays the butterfly well and is mentally
ready for the NHL. If Alliare can work with him a little then it should only
be between three to five years in which he could be ready to take over
duties as a solid starter in the NHL.


Projected Like: Dan

Chance in the NHL:


Team Year GP GAA SV% SO
Cornell University (NCAA) 2001-2002 14 1.50 936 2


#70 (Round 3)
Joe Callahan – Defense –
University, NCAA


Callahan is a big defensemen at 6’3″, 215-pounds but tends to play soft. He has got the size and the skill to be in the NHL,
he just needs to use his body and size to his advantage and learn to take the body a bit more. Callahan has great puck awareness for a defensemen and has a
great shot.


Projected Like: Andy Delmore

Chance in the NHL: 6/10


Team Year GP G A P PIM
Yale University 2001-2002 31 3 8 11 20

#80 (Round 4) Matt Jones – Defense – University of North Dakota, NCAA

Central Scouting Bureau Information:
A very smooth,
powerful skater with an effortless stride and good balance … has good
offensive ability and likes to join the offensive attack … has strong
passing skills and a good shot … a smart player and a good decision maker
… an aggressive player who can physically dominate the defensive zone …
punishes opponents in the corners and in front of the net … strong in
one-on-one situations.

Jones will be able
to make the NHL as long as he works hard and keeps his body in condition. His 6’0″ 215-pound frame is able to handle the body in front of the net
physically and able to handle the other teams best forwards.


Projected Like: Scott Stevens

Chance in the
NHL: 6/10


Team Year GP G A P PIM
University of North Dakota 2001-2002 35 2 5 7 20

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