EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Conor Garland.
|Conor Garland. Photo by Norm Hall. |
Position: Right wing
Hometown: Scituate, MA, United States
Round: 5 (123rd overall)
2014-15 team: Moncton (QMJHL)
Garland notched a league-leading 129 points in 67 games playing for Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. His production earned him the Michel Briere Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. Three times he was named the QMJHL's First Star of the Week, and he was named First Star of the Month for February and March. He has been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp this summer in Lake Placid, N.Y., where he’ll compete for a roster spot for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
• In his first two seasons with Moncton, Garland, who was eligible for last year's NHL Draft but was not chosen, notched 30 goals and 41 assists in 77 games. He was slowed by wrist and knee injuries last season.
• Garland played one year at renowned Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota. He notched 116 points (65 goals, 51 assists) in 52 games.
|Conor Garland. Photo by Moncton Wildcats. |
"I was hanging out with my mom, my dad; just sitting on the couch watching TV. I knew there was a chance (to be drafted) so I just had the app refreshing. I saw my name and it was exciting for my parents and myself. I gave them a big hug and said 'Thanks.' It was kind of a regular day for me. I didn’t want to celebrate too much, it’s another step in the direction of my dream to play professional hockey. So, really, I just carried on with my day." -- Conor Garland
"I’m a smaller player who likes to go to the dirty areas, who has skill, but I still have a long ways to go before I’ll be a pro player." -- Conor Garland
"I have a lot of admiration for smaller guys who have made it in the NHL. Obviously, it’s very tough. So I’m a big fan of those guys." -- Conor Garland
"He's like a water bug out there on the ice. He's very skilled. You want to dismiss him because he's only 5-foot-8 but every time you watch him play you can't help but see the strengths of his game. The more you watch this kid you think he's got the puck the whole game ... He's a smaller-sized player but there’s room for those players nowadays." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• Unranked by NHL Central Scouting at mid-season, Garland ranked No. 86 among North American skaters on the final list.
• Garland played for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2011-12. No. 2 draft pick Jack Eichel was one of his teammates.
• Garland is just the second American-born player to lead the QMJHL in scoring. Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine is the other.