Arizona Coyotes Top Prospects to Rebuild Towards Winning

The Arizona Coyotes were fortunate to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season because of the midseason pause due to the Coronavirus that halted play last March. Arizona has one of the worst prospect pools in the entire NHL. The Coyotes are going to need some draft capital back and replenish the farm system or rethink how they scout and develop young players.

Arizona is currently in sixth place in the West Division with a 12-12-4 record with 28 points so far this season. The Arizona Coyotes are in the thick of a playoff race, but they may need to be sellers at the trade deadline instead of buyers. Arizona isn’t moving and they need to get better from top to bottom.

The current general manager for the Arizona Coyotes is Bill Armstrong. He was in the St. Louis Blues front office beforehand. Armstrong will hopefully be able to scout and develop talent better for the Arizona Coyotes organization. Rick Tocchet is the head coach for Arizona.

Even though the Coyotes don’t have a deep farm system, every single NHL team always some stud prospects. Who are the best prospects in the Arizona Coyotes farm system?

Jan Jenik

Jan Jenik is a right-winger, with a left-handed shot, who was drafted 65th overall (third-round selection) in the 2018 NHL Draft. He is currently playing in the AHL with the Tuscon Roadrunners.

Jenik in 11 games has only scored one goal and has recorded four assists. His plus/minus rating is even.

He played at the start of the season with the Kettera Imatra in the Mestis league after playing the last two seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL. Jan Jenik played in seven games with the Kettera Imatra and scored five goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus rating was even.

Jenik does have some potential offensive pop in his game and could be in a top-six or top-nine role for the Arizona Coyotes down the line.

Matias Maccelli

Maccelli is a 20-year old, who shoots left-handed and is a left-winger. He was selected in the fourth-round (98th overall pick) by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Matias Maccelli has the potential to be a top-six forward for them because he is a sniper and Arizona desperately needs that on the ice.

Maccelli is currently in his second season with the Ilves Tampere in the Sm-liiga league. In 45 games with them so far this season, he has scored 14 goals and has recorded 21 assists. His plus/minus is -1.

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He is the heartbeat of the Ilves Tampere hockey club. Matias Maccelli is one of the most consistent hockey players on the team.

Mattias Maccelli has the potential to start in the AHL really soon with the Tucson Roadrunners and then work his way up to the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes.

John Farinacci

Farinacci is a right-handed centerman, who is only 20 years old. He was the 76th overall pick (third-round selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. John Farinacci played on the U.S.A. World Junior Teams, who won the gold medal recently.

He played in six games this season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. Farinacci scored four goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus was 4. He has no stats available in his second collegiate season with Harvard University (ECAC, NCAA). In the previous season with them, he played in 31 games and scored 10 goals, and recorded 12 assists. His plus/minus rating was 5.

John Farinacci has the potential to start as a role player for the Arizona Coyotes as a centerman, but then work his way up the lineup though down the road.

Who do you think are some of the top prospects within the Arizona Coyotes organization? Leave a comment below.

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