Arizona Coyotes Prospects In Memorial Cup Playoffs


The road to the Memorial Cup in the Canadian Hockey League is about to start this weekend and Coyotes faithful may want to take notice. Some of Arizona’s most highly touted prospects will be represented in the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Before they skate around Glendale as young desert dogs, track their progress as they play along some of the most elite young skaters in the game. Whether it’s measuring Arizona’s very own prospects or taking a sneak preview at a potential 1st round pick, the OHL, WHL and QMJHL playoffs have plenty to offer.


Max Domi – London Knights (OHL)

2013 Draft Pick (1st Round, 12th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 57 Games, 32 Goals, 70 Assists, 102 Points, +24

Sep 15, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Max Domi (15) defends during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no surprise that Max Domi is one of the skaters to keep an eye on. The Arizona Coyotes returned Domi to the Knights for a fourth season, where he had another stellar season. Domi ranked among the top 10 skaters in the OHL in points, while playing 10 less games than others on the list. Domi has scored 30 more goals in three consecutive season with the Knights.

Domi’s coming out party was this past January where he suited up for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships and won the Gold medal. In seven games, Domi scored five goals and five assists on his way to being named Best Forward in the tournament. His immediate chemistry with linemate Anthony Duclair would not go unnoticed.

Christian Dvorak – London Knights (OHL)

2014 Draft Pick (2nd Round, 58th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 66 Games, 41 Goals, 68 Assists, 109 Points, +33

While his teammate Domi has gotten much of the fanfare from Coyotes fans, Christian Dvorak is definitely no slouch. Dvorak’s breakout season for the Knights was good enough for him to rank in the top five among OHL skaters in points.

The 19-year old Illinois native may soon prove to be a flat-out steal in the draft. Dvorak’s points total puts him in company that are projected to be among the top five picks in the upcoming 2015 Draft. Look for Dvorak to take the OHL by storm alongside Domi.

Anthony Duclair – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

2013 Draft (3rd Round, 80th Overall) Acquired from the New York Rangers

2014-2015 Season- 26 Games, 15 Goals, 19 Assists, 34 Points, +3

Oct 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Anthony Duclair (63) advances the puck during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Maple Leafs won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Duclair was part of the trade that sent Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers. Many say the return that the Coyotes got in exchange for Yandle was well worth it. Playing alongside Domi in the World Junior Championships with Canada, Duclair scored four goals and four assists.

In 2013-2014, Duclair had a 50 goal, 99 point season and proved to be worth more than a 3rd round selection. Duclair has actually had his NHL debut already, having played 18 games with the Rangers earlier this season. In that time he scored his first goal and notched six assists.

With Quebec being the host of the Memorial Cup, Duclair is sure to have a lengthy postseason.

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

2014 Draft Pick (1st Round, 12th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 43 Games, 26 Goals, 34 Assists, 60 Points, +15

Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brendan Perlini poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number twelve overall pick to the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Coyotes 1st round pick of the most recent draft, Brendan Perlini is a  British-born hockey player. Perlini continues the trend of Arizona prospects average more than 1 point per game. In the 2013-2014 season, Perlini had more than 30 goals and 30 assists.

Perlini participated in the 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game. Additionally, Perlini has also represented Canada in international competition as he played in the U-18 World Junior Championships in 2014, where he won a Bronze medal. The 18-year old stands a 6’2 and shows plenty of promise.

Ryan MacInnis- Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

2014 Draft Pick (2nd Round, 43rd Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 67 Games, 25 Goals, 37 Assists, 62 Points, -8

Son of Hall of Famer, Al MacInnis, Ryan MacInnis is looking to set his own trail. From St. Louis, MacInnis stands at 6-foot-4 and has also participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game. The 19-year-old has represented the United States in a couple of international competitions.

The first round match up between MacInnis’ Kitchener Rangers and Domi’s/Dvorak’s London Knights will be a series that Coyotes fans will find quite entertaining.

Laurent Dauphin- Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

2013 Draft Pick (2nd Round, 39th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 56 Games, 31 Goals, 44 Assists, 75 Points, +0

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Yan Pavel Laplante- Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

2013 Draft Pick (3rd Round, 62nd Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 50 Games, 22 Goals, 20 Assists, 42 Points, +1

Michael Bunting- Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

2014 Draft Pick (4th Round, 117th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 57 Games, 37 Goals, 37 Assists, 74 Points, +44

Edgars Kulda- Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

2014 Draft Pick (7th Round, 193rd Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 47 Games, 13 Goals, 17 Assists, 30 Points, -8


Dysin Mayo- Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

2014 Draft Pick (5th Round, 133rd Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 72 Games, 14 Goals, 37 Assists, 51 Points, +14

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Brendan Burke- Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

2013 Draft Pick (6th Round, 163rd Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 13-3-1, 2.38 Goals Against Average, .918 Save Percentage

Marek Langhamer- Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

2012 Draft Pick (7th Round, 184th Overall)

2014-2015 Season- 30-16-2, 2.81 Goals Against Average, .902 Save Percentage 

Playoff Matchups

London Knights vs Kitchener Rangers

  • Max Domi (London)
  • Christian Dvorak (London)
  • Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener)

Niagara IceDogs vs Ottawa 67’s

  • Brendan Perlini (Niagara)

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs Saginaw Spirit

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Brandon Wheat Kings

Calgary Hitmen vs Kootenay Ice

Medicine Hat Tigers vs Red Deer Rebels

Quebec Remparts vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

  • Anthony Duclair (Quebec)

Gatineau Olympiques vs Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Moncton Wildcats

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