The second day of the 2019 NHL draft, much like Friday evening's opening round, began with a trade. Once on the clock, the Coyotes sent their #74 overall selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for three picks to add late-round bulk.
"You get the call, they make an offer, and we felt that we were going to go with the volume approach in the later rounds," John Chayka said.
That they did, upping their second round selection total to eight, ultimately calling on a group of names consisting of seven forwards and one defenseman.
"We needed some forwards, but ultimately we went right down the list and it worked out well for us. We took the best player available, I'm a big believer in that," Chayka added.
The first of those names Saturday was John Farinacci, a centerman touted for his quick-release shot. The New Jersey native has committed to play at Harvard University, where he'll begin attending as a student-athlete in August.
Then Arizona went abroad.
Gravitating toward European prospects, the Coyotes showcased the team's revamped scouting department, which is in its first full season under the watch of Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting Lindsay Hofford, who was hired last July.
Including first-round selection Victor Soderstrom, seven of the Coyotes' nine draft picks hail from various parts of Europe - Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Switzerland.
"I don't think you're going to have success these days without having a long reach in Europe," Hofford noted.
Expanding their scouting destinations, the Coyotes were able to gather a higher rate of sophisticated intelligence on players outside of North America.
"We were everywhere, we had a good presence in all countries and obviously we spent a lot of time in Europe," Hofford added. "You have to have willing people that want to travel afar, guys were spending up to three weeks at a time in Europe away from their families, digging in and tracking these guys."
A complete list of the Coyotes' 2019 NHL Draft selections:
- RD1 #11 - Victor Soderstrom (D)
- RD3 #76 - John Farinacci (C)
- RD4 #98 - Matias Maccelli (LW)
- RD4 #107 - Alexander Darin (RW)
- RD5 #151 - Aku Raty (RW)
- RD6 #174 - Danil Savunov (LW)
- RD6 #176 - Anthony Romano (C)
- RD7 #200 - Axel Bergkvist (D)
- RD7 #207 - Valentin Nussbaumer (C)
A crop of players Chayka is pleased with as a result, identifying the group as "a good haul" when looking back on what was his fourth draft with the organization.
"Obviously we got the core piece [with Soderstrom], and then went with the volume approach. We got a lot of good players that have high ceilings and high character; good skilled players that continue to give us an opportunity to grow and replenish the system, we needed to have a big draft."
The team will transition immediately into development camp, which begins with its first on-ice session on Monday at Gila River Arena.