With so much defense already in the pipeline, there was little doubt which direction the Phoenix Coyotes would be heading in this weekend, for the most part.
Those offensive suspicions were confirmed with the selection of forward Henrik Samuelsson at no. 27 overall for the Yotes. His dad is the infamous Ulf Samuelsson, formerly of the Hartford Whalers, among others, as a player, and with the Coyotes as an assistant coach for a few years as well.
Samuelsson had 30 points in 28 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL after starting the season in Sweden. He added 14 points in 17 playoff games.
In drafting Samuelsson, the Coyotes add a forward with a mix of size and skill, as he stands 6’2″ and over 200 pounds. His offensive skill needs to develop a bit, but he’s a solid player overall up front and knows how to put the puck in the net. But there are a couple of drawbacks and things he’ll need to work on before we see him at the NHL level.
The first is his skating. It’s not the best and it’s something he’ll need to improve on. The other is his tendency to play on the edge. Playing that gritty physical style, in a mix with offensive skill will fit well with the Coyotes, but he has shown a tendency to take it over the line this season on more than one occasion.
Nonetheless, he’s a player with skill and smarts and given his pedigree, he could pan out to be a very solid pick for the Coyotes.