Coyotes add European expertise, extra measurement in second day

After selecting three North American players in the first round, the Arizona Coyotes entered the second day of the NHL Draft and selected five European players out of their seven selections.

Forward Julian Lutz, a second-round selection, and Maksymilian Szuber, a sixth-round selection, were the only two German players taken out of the 225 players in the draft. Both played for Munich EHC in Germany’s highest league.

Jul 8, 2022;  Montreal, Quebec, CANADA;  Julian Lutz gives an interview after being selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Center.

Lutz bounced back from a back injury this season and returned in February to record one goal and two assists through 14 games.

“I think throughout the season, I had the most contact with Arizona. I was injured a lot and they were in contact all the time, like following it every step. Also at the combine, they talked to me and it was the first time I saw the general manager and it was the best conversations I’ve probably had,” Lutz said.

Szuber, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound defenseman, was born in Poland and is the first Polish-born player taken in the draft in 18 years.

Maksymilian Szuber (center, #4) of Germany battles against Martin Rysavy #29 and Tomas Chlubna #17 of Czechia in the third period during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place on December 27, 2021, in Edmonton, Canada.

The Coyotes took Russian defenseman Artem Duda with its first selection in the second round and Finnish winger Miko Matikka in the third round. Matikka is committed to play at the University of Denver in the fall, the reigning national champions.

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Size was a common theme in this draft for the Coyotes with five players over 6-foot-3 out of its ten selections. At 6-foot-7, first-round pick Maveric Lamoureux is the second tallest player in the draft class. On the second day, the Coyotes took 6-foot-5 defenseman Matthew Morden. The Canadian is committed to play at Harvard next season with Coyotes prospect John Farinacci.

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