Last night the Phoenix Coyotes opened up the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by selecting Connor Murphy with the 20th overall pick.
Murphy is an American born defensemen who last played in the USHL. He has already committed to playing with the University of Miami Redhawks in the NCAA so we won’t be seeing his services in the NHL for a couple of years. His father, Gord Murphy, was an NHL defenseman with the Flyers, Thrashers, Bruins, and Panthers.
The Coyotes used their two second round picks, the 51st and 56th overall, to draft Alex Ruuttu and Lucas Lessio. Both of these players are forwards, a center and left wing respectively. Ruuttu last played for Jokerit in the SM-liiga. Lessio last played for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.
With the 84th overall pick the Coyotes drafted Harrison Ruopp, a defenseman from the WHL. The Coyotes went offensive for the rest of the draft, picking Kale Kessy, Darian Dziurznskid, and Andrew Fristch in the 4th, 5th, and 6th round.
The last pick the Coyotes made in the 7th round was used to draft Zac Larraza. Larraza, a left winger, last played for the USA U-18 team and is a native of the valley.
The Coyotes will now tread the waters of free agency to see what parts they can add to their playoff caliber team.