The Coyotes have a poor record with several first-round picks that failed to develop or are no longer with the organization. Dylan Strome, Nick Merkley, Brendan Perlini, Max Domi, Henrik Samuelsson, Connor Murphy, Mikkel Boedker, Viktor Tikhonov, and Nick Ross were all first-round picks that left the organization down one way or another.
A recent sanction placed on the team for violating the leagues’ interview protocol for draft-eligible players cost them a first- and second-round pick. Despite that, the team acquired another first-round selection in the 2021 draft and will be lottery favorites for the 2022 draft.
Make no mistake about it, the Coyotes are in a tank race for Shane Wright and will need to do a better job of developing the players in the system.