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Maloney Evaluates Prospects at 2016 World Junior

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney attended the recently concluded 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to evaluating eligible players for the 2016 NHL Draft, Maloney and members of the team’s scouting staff watched many current Coyotes prospects compete on a grand stage. 

Back in Glendale on Friday, Maloney checked in with ArizonaCoyotes.com to discuss what he saw at the prestigious tournament with regards to the Coyotes prospects.





“First of all, it was really a good tournament to watch,” Maloney said. “There was a lot of talent there, and we were very well represented and that made it a lot more fun for us. We weren’t just there to watch the draft eligible players. We got to see our own prospects.”

Here’s Maloney’s thoughts on the prospects:

Christian Dvorak

Team USA

Forward

3 Goals, 5 Assists in 7 Games

Won Bronze Medal

Maloney: “I thought Christian was excellent in this tournament, and not only with his point production, but with his face-offs and his positioning and his ability to make plays. His two-way game really stood out and I thought he was one of the best players on the U.S. team. I was really happy with the way he played and it was a great experience for him. He was all business. He’s very driven to be in the NHL next season. That’s his mindset and you can see that he’s very focused on that.”

Dylan Strome

Team Canada

Forward

4 Goals, 2 Assists in 5 Games

Lost in Quarterfinals

Maloney: “Canada didn’t seem to have much chemistry within the group this year, but I thought Dylan was arguably the most dangerous offensive player they had throughout the tournament. He played an important role and I thought he was really good. He wasn’t intimidated by the circumstances or the crowd or the media. None of that bothers him one bit. He just plays. For the most part, he might have been their best forward.”

Ryan MacInnis

Team USA

Forward

0 Goals, 3 Assists in 7 Games

Won Bronze Medal

Maloney: “Ryan MacInnis played more of a support role on his team. He started out on the wing but he ended up in the middle, which I think is where he belongs. I liked his game. He did a nice job in his role. He’s taking a nice step forward. He’s stronger. He moves the puck like a pro and makes the good, simple, easy play. He still needs development and strength, but he was another player who I felt had a good tournament and a good experience. And, like Christian Dvorak, we’re excited that he was able to come home with a medal.”

Brendan Perlini

Team Canada

Forward

0 Goals, 0 Assists in 5 Games

Lost in Quarterfinals

Maloney: “I thought he worked hard, but he needed to have something good happen to him offensively. He had some great chances, but he just couldn’t finish and as the tournament went on it affected his game. I’ve seen that happen a lot of times, but it was a good learning experience for him. I think earning a spot on the team and playing in that environment will serve him well in the long run.”

Anton Karlsson

Team Sweden

Forward

1 Goal, 0 Assists in 7 Games

Lost in Semifinals

“Anton was probably the most physical player on the Swedish team. He’s really kind of a junkyard dog – a gritty, in-your-face player. I thought he played well. It may not show up on the scoresheets, but he and Jens Looke did their jobs on the third and fourth lines and killing penalties. The shocking thing was how poorly the Swedes played against the U.S. in the bronze medal game. I think that stunned everybody in the building. That team was as good as any team. They just had an off day.”

Jens Looke

Team Sweden

Forward

1 Goal, 3 Assists in 7 Games

Lost in Semifinals

Maloney: “Jens is a player that the more you watch him play the more you like him and appreciate his game. He’s young, but he’s a smart, two-way player who will play in the World Junior again next year, hopefully, and be given more opportunity offensively.”

NOTE: Goalie Erik Kallgren, whom the Coyotes drafted last year, also participated in this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship as the third goalie for Team Sweden. He dressed for one game but did not play.

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