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Ranking the prospects in the Coyotes' system

Craig Morgan Avatar
July 9, 2023

I may be suffering from recency bias, but in 23 years covering the Coyotes I can’t remember a development camp roster or prospect pool with this much depth and intrigue. There have been years in the past where the top handful of players was still promising, but the list fell off quickly. This year, I could have written a dozen player features off of the now-concluded camp yet still not have covered all of the interesting stories — and that was without 2023 first-round picks Dmitri Simashev and Daniil But in camp.

There will be time for those stories down the road in my monthly prospect reports. In keeping with a recent and now annual tradition, it’s time for my Coyotes prospect pipeline rankings. To be clear, I am not qualified to rank prospects. Few reporters are, though many display such hubris. I’m no Chris Peters or Corey Pronman, so instead of ranking them myself, this is my general sense of how the Coyotes feel about them based on numerous conversations.

This year and for the first time, I have added to the overall list by breaking the rankings down by positions. Keep in mind that there are often fine lines between some players and these lists can shift over the course of a season based on development.

Let the arguments commence.

Overall rankings

1. C Logan Cooley
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 first round (No. 3 overall)
Height/Weight: 5 feet 10, 181 pounds
Likely 2023-24 team: Arizona Coyotes

2. D Dimitri Simashev
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 first round (No. 6)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 198
Likely 2023-24 team: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (MHL or KHL)

3. F Dylan Guenther
Age: 20
Draft history: 2021 first round (No. 9)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 181
Likely 2023-24 team: Arizona Coyotes

4. C Conor Geekie
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 first round (No. 11)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 203
Likely 2023-24 team: Wenatchee Wild (WHL, CHL)

5. D Maveric Lamoureux
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 first round (No. 29)
Height/Weight: 6-7, 210
Likely 2023-24 team: Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL, CHL)

6. F Daniil But
Age: 18
Draft history: 2022 first round (No. 12)
Height/Weight: 6-5, 203
Likely 2023-24 team: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (MHL or KHL)

7. D Artyom Duda
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 second round (No. 36)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 187
Likely 2023-24 team: University of Maine (Hockey East, NCAA)

8. F Josh Doan
Age: 21
Draft history: 2021 second round (No. 37)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 183
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

9. G Michael Hrabal
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 second round (No. 38)
Height/Weight: 6-7, 216
Likely 2023-24 team: UMass (Hockey East, NCAA)

10. D Maksymilian Szuber
Age: 20
Draft history: 2022 sixth round (No. 163)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 201
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

11. D Victor Söderström
Age: 22
Draft history: 2019 first round (No. 11)
Height/Weight: 5-11, 186
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) or Arizona Coyotes

12. F Julian Lutz
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 second round (No. 43)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 190
Likely 2023-24 team: EHC München (DEL, Germany)

13. C/F Sam Lipkin
Age: 20
Draft history: 2021 seventh round (No. 223)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 192
Likely 2023-24 team: Quinnipiac (ECAC, NCAA)

14. F Miko Matikka
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 third round (No. 67)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 201
Likely 2023-24 team: University of Denver (NCHC, NCAA)

15. D Jérémy Langlois
Age: 19
Draft history: 2022 third round (No. 94)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 181
Likely 2023-24 team: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL, CHL)

16. F/C Jan Jeník
Age: 22
Draft history: 2018 third round (No. 65)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 192
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) or Arizona Coyotes

17. G Ivan Prosvetov
Age: 24
Draft history: 2018 fourth round (No. 114)
Height/Weight: 6-5, 189
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

18. F Ilya Fedotov
Age: 20
Draft history: 2021 second round (No. 43)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 172
Likely 2023-24 team: SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

19. F Jonathan Castagna
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 third round (No. 70)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 195
Likely 2023-24 team: Cornell University (ECAC, NCAA)

20. C/F Nathan Smith
Age: 24
Draft history: 2018 third round (No. 91 by Winnipeg Jets)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 198
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

21. F Noel Nordh
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 third round (No. 72)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 201
Likely 2023-24 team: Brynäs IF (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden)

22. C/F Tanner Ludtke
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 third round (No. 81)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 185
Likely 2023-24 team: University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC, NCAA)

23. F Vadim Moroz
Age: 19
Draft history: 2023 third round (No. 88)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 185
Likely 2023-24 team: Dinamo Minsk (KHL)

24. F Ben McCartney
Age: 21
Draft history: 2020 seventh round (No. 204)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 199
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

25. G Anson Thornton
Age: 20
Draft history: Signed as a free agent in 2021
Height/Weight: 6-4, 187
Likely 2023-24 team: Barrie Colts, (OHL, CHL)

Coyotes prospect Connor Geekie.
Conor Geekie. (Getty Images)

Coyotes forward prospects

1. Logan Cooley
2. Dylan Guenther
3. Conor Geekie
4. Daniil But
5. Josh Doan
6. Julian Lutz
7. Sam Lipkin
8. Mikko Matikka
9. Jan Jeník
10. Ilya Fedotov
11. Jonathan Castagna
12. Nathan Smith
13. Noel Nordh
14. Tanner Ludtke
15. Vadim Moroz
16. Ben McCartney

17. Aku Räty
Age: 22
Draft history: 2019 fifth round (No. 151)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 187
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

18. Miloš Kelemen
Age: 24
Draft history: Signed as a free agent in 2022
Height/Weight: 6-2, 218
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

19. Samu Bau
Age: 19
Draft history: 2023 sixth round (No. 162)
Height/Weight: 6-5, 214
Likely 2023-24 team: Tampereen Ilves (Liiga, Finland)

20. John Leonard
Age: 24
Draft history: 2018 sixth round (No. 182 by San José Sharks)
Height/Weight: 5-11, 180
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

Coyotes prospect Artyom Duda.
Artyom Duda. (Getty Images)

Coyotes defenseman prospects

1. Dimitri Simashev
2. Maveric Lamoureux
3. Artyom Duda
4. Maksymilian Szuber
5. Victor Söderström
6. Jérémy Langlois

7. Vladislav Kolyachonok

Age: 22
Draft history: 2019 second round (No. 52 by Florida Panthers)
Height/Weight: 6-1, 203
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) or Arizona Coyotes

8. Michael Kesselring
Age: 23
Draft history: 2018 sixth round (No. 164 by Edmonton Oilers)
Height/Weight: 6-5, 220
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) or Arizona Coyotes

9. Terrell Goldsmith
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 fourth round (No. 102)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 223
Likely 2023-24 team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL, CHL)

10. Cal Thomas
Age: 20
Draft history: 2021 sixth round (No. 171)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 185
Likely 2023-24 team: University of Minnesota

11. Justin Kipkie
Age: 17
Draft history: 2023 fifth round (No. 160
Height/Weight: 6-4, 194
Likely 2023-24 team: Victoria Royals (WHL, CHL)

12. Cam Crotty

Age: 24
Draft history: 2017 third round (No. 82)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 211
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

13. Matthew Morden

Age: 18
Draft history: 2022 fifth round (No. 131)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 203
Likely 2023-24 team: Harvard (ECAC, NCAA)

14. Montana Onyebuchi

Age: 23
Draft history: Signed as a free agent in 2023
Height/Weight: 6-3, 220
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

Coyotes prospect Anson Thornton.
Anson Thornton. (Getty Images)

Coyotes goaltending prospects

1. Michael Hrabal
2. Ivan Prosvetov
3. Anson Thornton

4. Rasmus Korhonen
Age: 20
Draft history: 2021 fourth round (No. 122)
Height/Weight: 6-5, 203
Likely 2023-24 team: Jukurit (Liiga, Finland)

5. Matt Villalta
Age: 24
Draft history: 2017 third round (No. 72 by Los Angeles Kings)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 190
Likely 2023-24 team: Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)

6. Melker Thelin
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 fifth round (No. 134)
Height/Weight: 6-2, 180
Likely 2023-24 team: IF Björklöven (HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden)

7. Carson Musser
Age: 18
Draft history: 2023 sixth round (No. 166)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 214
Likely 2023-24 team: Colorado College (NCHC, NCAA)

Top photo of Logan Cooley via Getty Images

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