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Coyotes Heading to 2018 Draft Ready to Make Seven Picks

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Senior Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- With seven picks in hand, the brain trust for the Coyotes will head to Dallas later this week for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The first round - featuring picks Nos. 1-31 - is set for Friday night at American Airlines Center. Rounds Nos. 2-7 are Saturday morning/afternoon.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona to Begin Preseason at Vegas

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play five of seven preseason games on the road before starting their 2018-19 season.

Arizona's preseason opener is slated to be contested at the rink where the 2017-18 NHL season just ended: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Coyotes will battle the Western Conference champions - a team they faced five times in the regular season last season - in their first exhibition game on Sept. 16.

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'Yotes Notes: Chayka OK with Keeping Fifth Pick at Draft

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes raised eyebrows by trading the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft a year ago, but it doesn't sound as if General Manager John Chayka will be following that strategy at this year's draft in Dallas later this month. 

Granted it's too soon to rule anything out, and Chayka isn't taking anything "off the table," but the simple fact is the Coyotes are quite content to own and use the fifth overall pick in this year's draft.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Plans to Interview 85 Prospects at Scouting Combine

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes General Manager John Chayka and a half dozen key members of his staff are in Buffalo this week at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine. 

More than 100 prospects - 60 forwards, 37 defensemen and seven goaltenders - are attending the annual event, which is staged, in part, so NHL teams can conduct interviews with players about a month before the NHL Draft.

The combine also features medical and physical testing, most of which is slated for later in the week. Physical tests include: standing long jump, bench press, pull-ups and the notorious Wingate, a stationary bike test that measures a player's power and fatigue index.

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'Yotes Notes: OEL Helps Sweden Reach Title Game at World Championship

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Playing for Team Sweden, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson skated 21:56 and was plus-2 on Saturday in his team's 6-0 win over Team USA in a semifinal game of the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sweden, which won this annual 16-team tournament a year ago, will go for a repeat when it plays Team Switzerland in the gold-medal game on Sunday. NHL Network will broadcast the game starting at 11:15 a.m. (Arizona time).

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'Yotes Notes: Kuemper, OEL Reach Quarterfinals at World Championship

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped all 12 shots he faced tending net for Team Canada vs. Team Germany on Tuesday in the final preliminary-round game for both teams at the 2018 IIHF World Championship at Herning, Denmark.

Canada won, 3-0, to finish the first round 4-1-1-1 and to help set up a quarterfinal match vs. Russia on Thursday.

"It was a quick turnaround after playing last night, but I thought we did a good job," Kuemper said during a TV interview. "Everyone took care of their bodies and that helped make this game easier. We were super responsible and that's what you want to build on heading into the quarterfinals." 

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson, Kuemper Set for World Championship

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and goalie Darcy Kuemper will compete for their countries at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, which begins Friday in Denmark.

Ekman-Larsson will serve as an alternate captain for Team Sweden, which is looking to win back-to-back gold medals at the annual tournament for the first time since 1991-92. Ekman-Larsson played for Sweden last year, and also in 2011 and 2015. He has produced five goals and 16 assists in 23 IIHF World Championship games.

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'Yotes Notes: Roadrunners Ready for Postseason Debut

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Tucson Roadrunners will make their debut in the American Hockey League playoffs on Thursday night when they skate vs. the San Jose Barracuda in the first game of a best-of-five series.

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'Yotes Notes: Miller, Ducks Spoil Season Finale

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes ran into a determined, playoff-bound team and a hot goalie on Saturday night in the season finale at Gila River Arena. 

Arizona lost to Anaheim, 3-0, in front of a sellout crowd. Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, playing on a second consecutive night, stopped all 31 shots he faced. 

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'Yotes Notes: Players Congratulate Sedin Twins After Loss

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

VANCOUVER -- The Coyotes tried to spoil the going away party for the Sedin twins at Rogers Arena on Thursday night, but that task proved too challenging. 

Playing their final home game before retiring from the NHL, Daniel and Henrik Sedin combined to score the game-winning goal at 2:33 of overtime to complete a furious comeback by the Canucks, who won, 4-3, after trailing 3-1 after two periods. Daniel scored the decisive goal off a pass from Henrik during a power play in the extra session.

After the goal, and Vancouver's on-ice celebration, each member of the Coyotes showed their respect for the twins by shaking their hands before leaving the ice.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brad Richardson took it one step further by giving each twin a hug.

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