Arizona Coyotes select three first round players, add Zack Kassian on day one of NHL draft


mark6mauno (Flickr)

The Coyotes acquired Zack Kassian from Edmonton during day one of the draft

James Mackey, Reporter

After entering the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft with 11 picks across seven rounds, the Arizona Coyotes wrapped up day one of the draft with three first round picks.  They selected eight players overall, and added  Zack Kassian in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

After projected No.1 overall pick Shane Wright dropped past picks one and two, the Coyotes took Logan Cooley of the United States Development Team Program. In the program, Cooley accumulated 64 points, in 51 games with 28 goals and 36 assists.

Cooley, a 5′ 10″ center from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is slated to play four years at the University of Minnesota.

After trading back up in the first round, dealing the Nos. 27, 34, and 45 overall picks to San Jose for the No. 11 overall pick, the Coyotes drafted Conor Geekie of the Winnipeg Ice in the WHL.

Last season, the 6′ 4″ center racked up 81 points across the regular and postseason, netting 27 goals, and 54 assists in the 2021-22 campaign.

Arizona dealt the No. 32 pick to the Oilers for the No. 29 overall pick,  forward Zack Kassian, Edmonton’s third round pick in 2024 and their 2025 second round pick.

The Coyotes used the aforementioned No. 29 pick for Maveric Lamoureux, a 6′ 7″ defenseman, who played for the Drummond Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the past two seasons, recording 31 points in 2020-21 and 2021-22 with five goals, and 26 assists.

Day two of the NHL Draft kicks off on Friday at 11 a.m. ET.