With NHL games canceled through the end of November, Phoenix Coyotes fans will have to wait at least another month before seeing some of their top prospects on the ice in person. The Coyotes have made four first-round selections in the last three years. The following is a quick update on where those four players are playing this season and how they’re doing.
The Coyotes selected forward Henrik Samuelsson with the 27th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Samuelsson, 18, currently plays for his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. In 13 games, Samuelsson has scored six goals and 14 points. He has also accumulated 23 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.
An oft forgotten about first-rounder was selected 20th overall in 2011. Connor Murphy, 19, has been lost in a sea of defensemen prospects since the day he was drafted. Murphy has struggled with injuries in the past, but appears to have moved beyond those ailments this season. Murphy plays for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. In 12 games this season, Murphy has scored one goal and three points and has a -5 rating.
The first of two first-round picks in 2010 was defenseman Brandon Gormley. Gormley, 20, was selected 13th overall in the 2010 draft after many draft experts expected him to go in the top five. Gormley is playing with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. Through five games, Gormley has a -1 rating and two assists.
The first goalie selected in the first round by the Coyotes in quite some time was drafted 27th overall in 2010. Mark Visentin, 20, is with Gormley in Portland as the back-up goalie. Visentin has played only one game with the Pirates. Visentin won that game in which he allowed four goals and had a .862 save percentage.