GLENDALE – Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney continues to receive trade offers for the third overall pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft this weekend in Sunrise, Fla.
On Wednesday, Maloney told the team’s flagship radio station that he is seriously mulling three "legitimate" trade offers for the pick; one trade would result in the Coyotes moving down in the draft and the other two trades would result in Arizona receiving a young NHL player for the pick.
More trade proposals are certain to come Maloney’s way leading up to the start of the Draft on Friday at 4 p.m. Arizona time.
"In my experience, the best offers are going to be on draft day, on the floor," Maloney told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. (That's where) we’ll see who’s really serious… And if we can get a couple of these deals to be tweaked a little more to the Coyotes' favor, then there is a chance we could trade that outright for younger players who could help us immediately. On the other hand, if we end up taking the pick and not doing anything, that's fine too because we know we're going to get a heck of a player."
The Coyotes, Maloney said, have immediate needs in both zones. They need a scoring winger and an impact defenseman or two. Perhaps most importantly, they need a center.
"We certainly could use some help in the middle and that has to be part of any deal," Maloney said.
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The Edmonton Oliers own the No. 1 pick and are expected to draft forward Connor McDavid. The Buffalo Sabres are expected to pick forward Jack Eichel with the second pick. Those are no-brainers, if you will. So, essentially, the Coyotes, picking third overall, are the team on the clock at this point.
"It’s been a long time since there’s been two special players like this at the top of the draft," Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt said. "After that it’s wide open. Once you get past the first two picks you’re going to get varied opinions regarding the next several picks from all of the different teams.”
The Coyotes are slated to make eight picks, including three of the first 32 and six of the first 81.
"It’s an OK draft," Bernhardt said. "It’s not exceptional but it’s definitely got some depth to it. To have three picks in the first 32 is a nice bonus to have."
He added, "We’re hoping to build our goaltending depth and our defense depth. Certainly we have a lot (of prospects) up front but we’ll continue to take players up front if that is what’s staring us in the face."