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.
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.
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.
First-round recap:Arizona Coyotes select Logan Cooley at No. 3 in 2022 NHL Draft
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.
“We wanted to improve our skill, we wanted to improve our size, we wanted to improve our depth, and by the end of the seven rounds, we feel we did it,” Director of Amateur Scouting Darryl Plandowski said.
Morden possesses good skating abilities for his size and amassed 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 41 games in Canadian High School Hockey.
The Coyotes made two trades on the second day and drafted defenseman Jérémy Langlois in exchange for a third-round pick to Chicago in 2023. In the seventh round, the Coyotes exchanged a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft with the San Jose Sharks and drafted Slovakian winger Adam Zlnka.
Langlois, 6-foot, 182 pounds, shoots left and played significant minutes with the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. As an assistant captain, he had a breakout season with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 60 games.
Regular-season schedule:Arizona Coyotes announce schedule for inaugural season at ASU
Zlnka’s rookie season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League was shortened, but he tallied one goal and three assists in ten games. He played for Team Slovakia U18 in the 2020-2021 season and he put up 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 21 games played.
Following the draft, the draft picks will report to prospect development camp on July 10-15. On-ice sessions begin Monday, July 11, at 1:30 pm at Ice Den Scottsdale and are open to the public.
The camp will conclude on Friday with a scrimmage at 6 pm and is free and open to the public.
#36 D Artem Doubt
#43 F Julian Lutz
#67 RW Miko Matikka
#96 D Jeremy Langlois
#131 D Matthew Morden
#163 D Maksymilian Szuber
#204 F Adam Zlnka