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NHL.com Assesses Coyotes Needs at Draft

by Mike Morreale | NHL.com / Arizona Coyotes

NEW YORK -- The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of the Arizona Coyotes.

Top priority: Depth on defense

The situation: The Coyotes have acquired depth up front and in goal with some solid drafting in recent years. Centers Max Domi (2013, No. 12), Christian Dvorak (2014, No. 58) and Henrik Samuelsson (2012, No. 27), left wing Brendan Perlini (2014, No. 12) and right wing Tobias Rieder (Trade with Edmonton, 2013) have plenty of promise. The Coyotes acquired a huge offensive piece in left wing Anthony Duclair in a trade with the Rangers on March 1. The Coyotes parted with offensive defenseman Keith Yandle in that trade but have an opportunity to reload at that position with the No. 3 pick in this draft. Goaltenders Louis Domingue (2010, No. 138) and Mark Visentin (2010, No. 27) are working their way up the development ladder; Mike Smith is signed through 2018-19. Arizona has two picks in the first round and four picks over the first two rounds.

Possible fits: Noah Hanifin, D, Boston College (H-East); Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon (WHL); Dylan Strome, C, Erie (OHL).

NOTE: The draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round of the draft is Friday, June 26; rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday, June 27.

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