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Home, Sweet Home: Coyotes Draft Valley-Raised Josh Doan

Arizona selects hometown talent in the second round of the 2021 NHL Draft

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Born here. Raised here. Staying here.

The Coyotes selected forward Josh Doan, son of Coyotes legend Shane Doan, with the No. 37 pick, their first pick of the second round.

Saturday was Doan as soon as it started.

Josh Doan, 19, and 6-foot-2, 176 pounds, is coming off of a stellar, 70-point season with the Chicago Steelheads, ranking No. 4 in USHL scoring. He registered 31 goals and 39 assists in 53 games.

"Being selected by Arizona would be an honor for anyone who grew up (here)," Josh Doan said. "No matter where you're from, it's always going to be an honor to be selected by the team that's from your home city. Being around the (local) rinks my whole life, as a kid, it just makes it that much sweeter, and cooler. Growing up with my dad and going to his games and being a part of the fan side made it a really cool experience today for me and my family."

Shane Doan was in his seventh season with the franchise when Josh was born.

Doan Senior was originally drafted No. 7 overall in 1995 by the Winnipeg Jets and played 21 seasons with the Coyotes franchise. He is the all-time leader in games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69).

"I'm just so proud of him," Shane Doan said. "Today was a day that he's worked hard a long time for. For him to have the opportunity to get drafted to the NHL is something that he didn't take for granted. It's surreal that it happened to be the Coyotes. He deserves every single bit of everything he's getting today. I'm so proud of him."

Josh Doan was on the ice when his name was called; he was practicing with Team USA at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. He checked his phone as soon as he got off the ice, when he saw a missed call from Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Darryl Plandowski. He quickly returned that call to "Mr. Plandowski."

"I was sitting next to my teammate Mackie Samoskevich (in the locker room), and we looked at each other and started laughing. He gave me a hug, and all the guys in the room were pretty excited for me."

Shane Doan was sitting at the Coyotes draft table when his son's name was called. He was positioned between General Manager Bill Armstrong and President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez.

Said GM Bill Armstrong: "I went to Doaner and I said, 'We're picking your son because of his ability, not his last name on the jersey.'"

"(Our staff) handled it incredibly well and I had literally zero to do with it," Shane Doan said. "I did see the list (of targets), and I did see names getting crossed off. According to that list, I knew it was close. We talked about it a little bit last night, I knew where he sat."

In the weeks, months leading up to the draft, Shane Doan, Coyotes Chief Hockey Development Officer, separated himself from any scouting or internal conversations that involved his son.

"(Our hockey operations staff) had a system set up where I would just leave the room, or I'd get off the call," Shane Doan said. "I mean, I wasn't overly involved with the scouting. For the most part, they'd ask my opinion on (other) players that I've watched throughout the year. When it came to Josh, no one ever asked me for my opinion."

Josh Doan will be playing hockey in Arizona next season; that was established well before the 2021 NHL Draft. Josh Doan committed to Arizona State University in June of 2019. He will be a freshman this coming season and will play on the Sun Devils' Division-I hockey team.

Coyotes Associate Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski is excited to see Josh develop his skill-set in Tempe.

"Josh is a heck of a player, and it's just coincidental that his last name is Doan," Jankowski said. "We drafted Josh because he's Josh -- and the hockey player that he is. He came a long way in the last year from not being drafted (in 2020). It's a lot of dedication, a lot of effort, and a lot of growth and development for him. He's a late bloomer, and I think we saw that this year with the steps that he made as a player. There's a high ceiling for him, because he hasn't reached his full potential yet. One thing we know about Josh is that his work ethic is second-to-none. He's got great character. We know he's going to put the time in to continue to develop, especially here at ASU."

Home, sweet home.

"At the end of the day, something I've wanted is to come back to Arizona," Josh Doan said. "That's why I picked ASU. I love the state and the people. I think I carved my own path by going to Chicago, doing my own thing in the USHL and choosing to go to college. To be able to tie it all together and come back to Arizona is definitely special."

Said Shane Doan: "He's such an incredible young man. I'll be there to support, but I'm going to trust him. I've prayed about this one a lot. It's something we're going to trust. He's handled himself with so much class and it's going to be fun to watch him grow into this."

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