Coyotes take Dylan Guenther 9th overall
The Arizona Coyotes selected forward Dylan Guenther with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Position: Right wing
Weight: 175 lbs
Club: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
(Stats source: EliteProspects.com)
Guenther posted the commendable production above for the Oil Kings during the WHL's abbreviated season, adding three markers and two helpers in four contests for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Sherwood Park Crusaders.
His solid output in his draft year followed a 2019-20 campaign in which he produced 59 points over 58 games in his first full season with Edmonton.
Guenther also proved himself on the international stage this season, helping Canada win gold at the Under-18 World Championship while notching four goals and three assists in seven contests.
NHL Central Scouting tabbed the Edmonton-born winger fifth among North American skaters on its final rankings.
What they're saying
"(Guenther) has great skill, and can make skilled plays through defenders and to teammates at an NHL pace," wrote The Athletic's Corey Pronman. "He can make some plays through seams while also having the shot to score from a distance. He has a lot of talent, but also works off the puck, forcing turnovers and playing in traffic, even if he’s not overly physical."
Pronman added that Guenther "may not be a true game-breaker in the NHL, but he projects as a top-line forward who will endear himself to fans and coaches."
"(He) thinks the game at a high level and is constantly utilizing all resources to improve his game," Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino wrote. "While offense is what jumps out, the proficiency in his game extends the length of the ice."
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