Coyotes to select third overall in NHL draft - Tucson News Now

Coyotes to select third overall in NHL draft

 GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes currently own the 3rd overall draft selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, which takes place on Friday, June 26 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday, June 27, starting at 7 a.m. PT, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

The Coyotes own eight picks (tied for third-most) in the seven-round draft, including six of the first 81 selections.

This marks the second time in franchise history that the club has owned the third overall selection in the NHL Draft. The Coyotes drafted Kyle Turris third overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.  

Other notable No. 3 picks selected in the NHL Draft since 1999 include Henrik Sedin (1999), Marian Gaborik (2000), Jay Bouwmeester (2002), Nathan Horton (2003), Jonathan Toews (2006), Matt Duchene (2009) and Alex Galchenyuk (2012).

COYOTES SELECTIONS IN THE 2015 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

Round 1 - 3rd and 30th* overall

Round 2 - 32nd and 60th* overall

Round 3 - 63rd and 81st* overall

Round 5 - 123rd overall

Round 7 - 183rd overall

*Arizona acquired the Chicago Blackhawks' first-round pick (30th overall) and Klas Dahlbeck in exchange for Antoine Vermette on February 28, 2015.

*Arizona acquired the Tampa Bay Lightning's second-round pick (60th overall), Anthony Duclair, John Moore and a first round draft choice in the 2016 Entry Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a fourth round choice in the 2016 Entry Draft on March 1, 2015. 

*Arizona acquired the Minnesota Wild's third-round pick (81st overall) in exchange for Devan Dubnyk on December 14, 2014.

TIME TO HOWL RALLY AND DRAFT VIEWING PARTY AT GILA RIVER ARENA

The Coyotes will hold a rally for fans at the Club's viewing party for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26 from 3-7 p.m. at Gila River Arena. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (RCPM) will perform live at the party.

Coyotes' first round draft picks Brendan Perlini (2014), Max Domi (2013) and Connor Murphy (2011) along with second round draft choice Christian Dvorak (2014) will be at Gila River Arena to introduce the Coyotes new home and away jerseys and uniforms. The unveiling will take place on the arena floor from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Perlini, Domi, Murphy and Dvorak will also be available at a "Selfie Station" to take photos with fans 16 years and younger from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. A select number of wristbands will be provided for the Selfie Station to fans in attendance ages 16 and under.

Burns and Gambo from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will broadcast their show live from the arena in the BMW iLounge from 2-6 p.m. Coyotes Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Heethuis and Radio Host Luke Lapinski will provide Draft updates throughout the first round.

Kids attending the Coyotes Draft party can play ball hockey on the arena floor and the Coyotes will have two Zambonis and NHL nets available for fan photos. Kids will also have an opportunity to take a slapshot on an NHL goal or play in the Coyotes Bounce House. In addition, Howler and members of the Paw Patrol will be on hand to interact with fans. Concessions will be open to all fans on the east side of Gila River Arena. Food and beverage items will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and fans should enter Gila River Arena at the main entrance (Gate 4).
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