CHICAGO - Nine young hockey players are hustling to Arizona to take part in the Coyotes annual Prospect Development Camp, which begins Monday.
The Coyotes added the nine players to their mix of NHL prospects at the 2017 NHL Draft this weekend. After selecting defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph with the 23rd overall pick in the first round on Friday, Arizona chose the other eight players - four forwards and four defensemen - on Saturday during Rounds 2-7.
"There was no plan at all as far as positioning," said Tim Bernhardt, the team's Director of Amateur Scouting. "Last year we might have been looking a little bit more for defensemen, but this year absolutely no plan. You always try to get a balance, but it was like 'this is the player we're most comfortable with at this point in the draft, let's take him,' and that's what we did."
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