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2018 NHL Draft Diary: Kevin Bahl

by Kevin Bahl / NHL.com Contributor

EDITOR'S NOTE: Defenseman Kevin Bahl (6-foot-6, 216 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League is No. 29 in NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. Bahl had 18 points (one goal, 17 assists), 76 penalty minutes and 58 shots on goal in 58 regular-season games. The left-handed shot has offered to maintain a draft diary for NHL.com, leading up to the NHL Draft in Dallas. His final post comes after he was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in second round (No. 55).

Hello hockey fans. It's been a really fun experience for me here in Dallas.

I went to the first round last night, even though I thought I'd go somewhere in the second round. But I'm just a person who just hates seeing people go ahead of me. Even if they're the best player in the draft, it still grinds my gears. Every pick that goes ahead of you, it's like, "What do I have to do to get better?" It's just very nerve-racking.

When it was over Friday night, me and my family went to a steakhouse for dinner. They tried to cool me down and said, "There's nothing you have to worry about, there's still a lot of picks to go." Words can't describe what goes through your head because everything's kind of leading up to this point, everything you've ever done.

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Coyotes Make History by Drafting English Player

Forward Liam Kirk is the first player born, trained in England to be selected

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Writer

DALLAS -- Liam Kirk became the first player born and trained in England to be chosen in the NHL Draft when the Arizona Coyotes selected him in the seventh round (No. 189) of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

"I don't have any words for it," Kirk, a forward, told NHL.com from his England home via telephone. "I'm just very excited and really emotional. It's been a long day, but I've been waiting for it. We've been watching on a livestream as every pick is made, and I was getting a little more nervous every time.

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Coyotes Add Eight Players to Mix on Draft's Second Day

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

DALLAS -- The Coyotes made a couple of trades on the draft floor inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday morning, parlaying the six picks they had into eight. 

"It's always exciting when you get a lot of picks," General Manager John Chayka said. "We got a lot of players that our scouts had a lot of passion for. Now it's up to them to take the next step."

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Coyotes Select Eight Players on Second Day of NHL Draft

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes selected eight players on the second day of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center from Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

With the 55th overall selection in the second round, the Coyotes selected defenseman Kevin Bahl from Ottawa (OHL). The 6-foot-6, 216-pound defenseman registered 1-17-18 and 76 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 games last season. The 17-year-old native of New Westminster, ON also helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2018 Ivan Hlinka Memorial by collecting 1-1-2 and six PIM in five games. Bahl has recorded 2-20-22 and 129 PIM in 115 career games with Ottawa.

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Chayka on Hayton: 'There's Not a Hole in His Game'

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

DALLAS -- The Coyotes selected Barrett Hayton, a left-handed shooting center, with the fifth overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

"It's unbelievable," Hayton said after the draft. "It's very tough to put into words at this point. Really all I can say is it's a dream come true ... My mom and my dad and my sister are here. So it's a special event for me, for sure, and I'm just very excited to be able to celebrate with them with all they have done for me over the years."

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Coyotes Announce Black Kachina Sweater As Team's Official Third Jersey

Arizona Will Wear Kachina Jerseys 14 Times at Home in 2018-19

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Friday, June 22, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and adidas announced today that the team's black Kachina adidas adizero Authentic NHL sweater will now be the Coyotes' new official third jersey.

The Coyotes and adidas collaborated to reintroduce the throwback, 90s-inspired, fan-favorite third jersey and the team will wear the black Kachina jerseys at home for all 13 "Kachina Saturday" home games at Gila River Arena during the 2018-19 season and on Nov. 23 for "Black Friday" when the Coyotes take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Coyotes will wear the black Kachina jerseys for the club's home opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, October 6.

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Coyotes Select Hayton with Fifth Overall Pick of NHL Draft

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Friday, June 22, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes selected center Barrett Hayton from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on Friday.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Hayton registered 21-39-60 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 63 games with the Greyhounds. Hayton finished the season with a plus-24 rating and helped his team set single-season franchise records for wins and points in 2017-18. Hayton also registered eight goals and 21 points in 24 postseason contests.

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Coyotes Announce 2018-19 Schedule

Season Opener Set For Oct. 4 at Dallas

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes announced today the Coyotes schedule for the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. The Coyotes will play a total of 82 regular season games (41 home and 41 away), as well as seven preseason games (two home and five away). The Coyotes open their 22nd year in the Valley of the Sun on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the American Airlines Center against Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars. Arizona will host Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the home opener.

VIEW: 2018-19 SCHEDULE

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Chayka on Picking 5th: 'We Expect to Get a Great Player'

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

DALLAS - With the fifth pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Arizona Coyotes select… 

Barring a trade, the name to finish that sentence will be revealed on Friday night at the American Airlines Center when Arizona takes its turn in the spotlight during the first round.

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Keller Placed Third in Calder Trophy Voting

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller finished third in the voting for the Calder Trophy, behind winner Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders and runner-up Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks.

Barzal was presented the award for the NHL's top rookie on Wednesday night at the 2018 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. After the show, the NHL announced that Keller, Barzal, Boeser, defensemen Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) and Will Butcher (New Jersey Devils), and goalie Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) were selected to the NHL Rookie All-Star Team.

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