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Draft Pick Profile: Jakob Chychrun

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added five prospects to the mix at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, N.Y. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all five draft picks.

Jakob Chychrun. Photo by Getty Images.

JAKOB CHYCHRUN

Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6-2/205
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Round: 1 (16th overall)
2015-16 team: Sarnia (OHL)

The Skinny:

The Coyotes made a trade with the Detroit Red Wings to move up from the No. 20 overall pick in the Draft to No. 16 so they could select Chychrun, a physical, left-handed defenseman.

The Stats:

• Chychrun patrolled the blue line as an alternate captain for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League in 2015-16, where he recorded 11-38—49 in 62 games. A strong two-way defender, Chychrun produced at a point-per-game clip for Sarnia in the postseason recording 2-6—8 in seven contests.

• Chychrun served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship, registering 1-3—4 in seven games for the fourth place club.

The Quotes:

Jakob Chychrun. Photo by Getty Images.

"Arizona was a team I really wanted to go to. Growing up in Boca Raton (Fla.), it's awesome to be going to another southern market." -- Jakob Chychrun

"To have a team trade up to get you is really special and something that I'm very proud of." -- Jakob Chychrun

"I think I can play in the NHL next year. I've always believed in what I bring to the table and what I can do." -- Jakob Chychrun

"He’s a great skater, a smart player. He makes a good first pass and he’s got a real hard shot, but I think his feet are his greatest attribute." -- Coyotes General Manager John Chayka

"If I get a left-shot defenseman with the ability and size Jakob Chychrun has, I don’t find those in the free-agent market. To me, that’s the better use of resources than any free-agent signing." -- Coyotes General Manager John Chayka

"He's a big, strong kid. He's been a top player for a long time. I think Jakob had a lot of pressure on him this year ... and I think for whatever reason he probably didn't have the season that he was hoping (to) or maybe some of us scouts were expecting. We think once the weight is lifted off his shoulders and he gets going next year he'll be fine. He's got all the tools you could ask for. He's got a presence out there on the ice." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

Jakob Chychrun. Photo by Getty Images.

The Fun Facts:

• Chychrun's father, Jeff Chychrun, played 262 career NHL games as a defenseman with the Flyers, Kings, Penguins and Oilers. His uncle, Luke Richardson, also patrolled the blue line for 1,417 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Oilers, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Lightning and Senators.

• Chychrun lists his favorite NHL players as Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.



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