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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Saturday, June 21, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes today selected right wing Jared Staal (49th overall), defenseman Michael Stone (69th overall), defenseman Mathieu Brodeur (76th overall), center Colin Long (99th overall), forward Brett Hextall (159th overall) and defenseman Tim Billingsley (189th overall) to conclude the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Phoenix also traded the 90th overall pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Alex Bourret. The Coyotes drafted Mikkel Boedker (8th overall) and Viktor Tikhonov (28th overall) in the first round on Friday.

The Coyotes began the second day of the draft by making two trades.  First, they traded the 38th overall selection to Nashville in exchange for the 46th overall pick and the 76th overall pick.  They followed that by trading the 46th overall pick to Florida in exchange for the 49th overall pick and the Panthers’ 4th round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Jared Staal The Coyotes used the 49th overall selection to draft Stall, who was ranked No. 43 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.  The 6-foot-3, 198-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ontario recorded 21-28-49 and 44 penalty minutes (PIM) in 60 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season to rank 2nd on the team in scoring.  Staal, 18, has three older brothers who currently play in the NHL: Eric (Carolina), Marc (NY Rangers) and Jordan (Pittsburgh).    

Michael Stone The Coyotes drafted Stone in the 3rd round with the 69th overall pick.  The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba collected 10-25-35 and 28 PIM in 71 games this season for Calgary of the Western Hockey League (WHL).  Stone, 18, was ranked No. 39 among North American skaters.  He was also named the Calgary Hitmen co-Rookie of the Year in 2006-07.

Mathieu Brodeur The Coyotes selected Brodeur in the 3rd round with the 76th overall pick. Brodeur, 18, recorded 1-6-7 and 27 PIM in 69 games with Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  The 6-foot-5, 190-pound defenseman was named Cape Breton’s Most Improved Player this season and was ranked No. 69 among North American skaters.

The Coyotes then traded the 90th overall selection to the New York Rangers in exchange for Bourret.  Bourret, 21, recorded 9-24-33 and 78 PIM in 54 games this season for Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).  He also recorded 1-3-4 and 17 PIM in five playoff games.  The 5-foot-11, 205-pound native of Drummondville, Quebec has registered 25-58-83 and 136 PIM in 122 career AHL games with Chicago and Hartford.

Colin Long The Coyotes drafted Long in the 4th round with the 99th overall selection.  Long, 19, registered 31-69-100 and 41 PIM in 72 games with Kelowna of the WHL to lead his team and rank 2nd in scoring in the league.  The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Orange, California was ranked No. 62 among North American skaters.

Brett Hextall The Coyotes selected the 20-year-old Hextall in the 6th round with the 159th overall selection. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania led Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in scoring this season with 24-48-72 and 52 PIM in 54 games. Hextall is the son of former NHL goaltender Ron Hextall.

Tim Billingsley The Coyotes completed their 2008 Entry Draft by selecting Billingsley in the 7th round with the 189th overall selection. Billingsley, 18, collected 5-22-27 and 95 PIM in 68 games this season with Mississauga – St. Michael’s of the OHL.  The 6-foot-1, 177-pound Billingsley was ranked No. 128 among North American skaters in this year’s draft.

Mikkel Boedker On Friday, the Coyotes selected Mikkel Boedker with the eight overall pick.  Boedker, 18, recorded 29-44-73 and 14 PIM in 69 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL last season.  His 73 points ranked 3rd among all OHL rookies.  A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Boedker also ranked T-2nd in the OHL in game-winning goals (9).  He helped lead Kitchener to the OHL Viktor Tikhonovchampionship and the Memorial Cup final during the 2007-08 campaign.  Boedker was ranked No. 11 among North American skaters in the draft.

The Coyotes acquired the 28th overall pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the 35th and 39th overall selections and used it to draft Tikhonov.  The 20-year-old recorded 7-5-12 and 43 PIM in 43 games with Cherepovets of the Russian league.  The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Tikhonov was named Best Forward and to the tournament All-Star Team at the 2008 World Junior Championship after recording 5-2-7 in seven games for Russia.  A native of Riga, Latvia, Tikhonov was ranked No. 7 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

LW Mikkel Boedker 1st/8th Overall 5'11" 195 Kitchener (OHL) 69 29 44 73 14 Copenhagen, Denmark
F Viktor Tikhonov 1st/28th Overall 6'2" 187 Cherepovets (Russia) 43 7 5 12 43 Riga, Latvia
RW Jared Staal 2nd/49th Overall 6'3" 198 Sudbury (OHL) 60 21 28 49 44 Thunder Bay, Ontario
D Michael Stone 3rd/69th Overall 6'2" 200 Calgary (WHL) 71 10 25 35 28 Winnipeg, Manitoba
D Mathieu Brodeur 3rd/76th Overall 6'5" 190 Cape Breton (QMJHL) 69 1 6 7 27 Saint-Eustache, Quebec
C Colin Long 4th/99th Overall 5'11" 186 Kelowna (WHL) 72 31 69 100 41 Orange, California
F Brett Hextall 6th/158th Overall 5'10" 180 Penticton (BCHL) 54 24 48 72 52 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
D Tim Billingsley 7th/189th Overall 6'1" 177 Mississauga -
St. Michael's (OHL)
 68 5 22 27 95 Ottawa, Ontario



MIKKEL BOEDKER – Mikkel, who is 5-foot-11, plays low to the ice and as a result is a real solid player. This Team Denmark product is currently a versatile player for the Kitchener Rangers and should also be for his NHL team. Right now, he quarterbacks the power-play as a forward from the point for the Rangers and does an effective job.

VIKTOR TIKHONOV – Viktor was one of the most improved young players in the Russian League in 2007-08. He shows a high level of competitiveness and is a dedicated team player. He shows a keen ability to read and react to the play and is projected to be a second line player in the NHL. He needs to continue to improve his overall skating and speed.

JARED STAAL – With the great Staal family reputation and the high expectations brought on by his brothers, Jared is coming into his own – he's just growing into his 'big Staal body', which is very similar to that of his brothers. He comes off the wing with the desire to go to the net and should continue to grow and he's going to continue to develop on into the NHL

MICHAEL STONE – Michael plays a real steady, smart and composed NHL-style of game. He moves the puck well, plays his position and has good composure with the puck under pressure. He also has good mobility to go along with sharp on ice awareness. In Calgary he is used on special teams and played an important role as one of their top four defensemen in 2007-08

MATHIEU BRODEUR – Mathieu is not an overly physical defenseman but plays with poise and confidence with the puck.  In order to develop at the next level, he will have to use his size more effectively.  He is at his best when he keeps his game simple with short passes.  Does not seem to get flustered and plays with composure.

COLIN LONG – Even though Colin went through the draft last year, you can't ignore his production this season. He makes players around him better and his best attribute is that he works hard and is an 'in your face-type' player. He needs to continue to get stronger and to continue to show consistency with his offensive production.

BRETT HEXTALL – Not Available.

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