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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 10:45 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- With no obvious No. 1 overall pick, the 2014 NHL Draft promises to be a fascinating one.

And with eight total picks, including No. 12 overall and three of the first 58, the Coyotes can’t wait for the curtain to rise at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

Only five teams – Dallas, Los Angeles, the N.Y. Islanders, St. Louis and Washington – will enter the weekend with more picks than the Coyotes at this draft; each have nine.

Round No. 1 is Friday (4 p.m. AZ time on NBC Sports Network) with Rounds Nos. 2-7 set for Saturday (7 a.m. AZ time on NHL Network).

The Coyotes currently own the following picks: Nos. 12, 43, 58, 73, 133, 163, 191, and 193.

Tim Bernhardt, whom the Coyotes announced as the team’s new Director of Amateur Scouting on June 19, says the scouting staff is prepared for the hectic weekend and has its eyes on two or three players it believes will still be available when the Coyotes pick 12th overall on Friday.

Experts are predicting lots of wheeling and dealing before and likely during the first round, and Bernhardt said the Coyotes would be ready.

“We're well prepared," Bernhardt said. "We've gone through many situations ... and hopefully everything falls where we want it to fall and we can go from there.”

General Manager Don Maloney has said because the talent in the first round of the draft is so comparable after the elite prospects will be chosen with the first four or five picks, the Coyotes can be very flexible with the No. 12 selection. He has suggested the team would seriously consider moving down as low as No. 20 if the right offer comes along for No. 12.

“From No. 5 down to No. 20 there are real good players there,” Maloney said.

Barring a trade, this year marks the second consecutive year the Coyotes will pick 12th overall in the Draft. Last year, the team selected forward Max Domi 12th overall.

Bernhardt, who spent 14 years as Director of Amateur Scouting for the Dallas Stars from 1998-2011, is known for his track record in the later rounds of the draft. For example, the Stars selected Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and current Stars captain Jamie Benn in the fifth rounds of their respective drafts on Bernhardt’s watch.

“The key is to try to work through seven rounds of the draft because there are players there and you just have to find them,” Bernhardt said.

Maloney was asked if the Coyotes’ draft philosophy is one of drafting by positional need or by taking the best player available, regardless of position.

His response: “Because we’re dealing with players who are 17, 18, maybe 19 years old, you go for the best talent. You’re looking at least a three- to four-year development period. If there is a present need factor, that normally does not enter into the immediate selection process.”

He added, the Coyotes covet young players who are fast.

“We need more speed into our lineup,” Maloney said. “You start looking around at the teams we’re playing against all the time, and speed is vital.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 6:26 PM

GLENDALE -- The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is less than a week away and the Coyotes are eager to get started.

"It’s the Super Bowl for our scouts," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "It’s really the foundation of your whole franchise. If you do a good job at the draft table you acquire assets that can be used not only for yourself but also assets maybe you can use in other deals… The draft weekend is as important as they come."

This year’s draft will take place June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Coyotes have eight picks, including No. 12 overall and three of the first 58 (Nos. 12, 43, 58).

Regarding that 12th overall pick, Maloney said the Coyotes “are in a great spot (and) we can be very flexible.”

"We like the top end of the first round," Maloney said. "If we could get ourselves up into the top four or five picks we’d certainly look to do it. I don’t know how realistic that is for us. I think we’re more inclined to move down from our pick at No. 12 depending on how it flows… These decisions all come down to the draft table and what the flow is like and what the phone calls are like."

The Florida Panthers own the Draft’s top pick. The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 2 pick, followed by the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders.

Maloney said he’s already been checking in with other general managers before even heading to Philadelphia.

"It’s important to do your homework and kind of reach out to everybody and let everybody know 'Listen, we’re very flexible where we’re at,'" he said.

Tim Bernhardt, recently promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting, will lead the Coyotes at the draft for the first time. Like Maloney, Bernhardt likes where the Coyotes are slated to pick in the first round.

Bernhardt

"There are players that we're looking at (with the No. 12 pick) and we're confident in those players," Bernhardt said. "We'll be happy to get any of them, and maybe if they're all there then maybe you move back. We have a good group of players in behind them that we're confident with."

The first round of the draft will be Friday, June 27. It will be televised by NBC Sports Network starting at 4 p.m. (AZ time).

The second through seventh rounds of the draft will be Saturday, June 28. Those rounds will be televised by NHL Network starting at 7 a.m. (AZ time).

The Coyotes will be staging a Draft Party/Open House at Jobing.com Arena, which will start at 4 p.m. Fans attending the draft party will be able to purchase Arizona Coyotes merchandise for the first time as the team name change becomes official that night.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 11:52 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

QUARTERFINALS: May 22, 2014

• Czech Republic defeated USA, 4-3, in a quarterfinal game.

Coyotes/Canada Head Coach Dave Tippett.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played 17:01 and took one shot on goal, and Coyotes forward Andy Miele did not play for USA, which was eliminated.

Visit usahockey.com for more info on this game.

• Finland defeated Canada, 3-2, in a quarterfinal game.

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett led Canada to a 5-1-1-1 record in eight games in his first stint as Canada's Head Coach.

"For the most part I thought our team played well," Tippett said. "We controlled long portions of the game. We made a couple of mistakes that cost us the game. Our goal was to get better every day. That was probably the best game we've played here."

Visit hockeycanada.ca for more info on this game.

NEXT UP on Saturday:
Semifinals


Russia vs. Sweden 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Czech Republic vs. Finland 10:45 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 1:56 PM

GLENDALE -- Team USA and Team Canada have reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Andy Miele are competing for USA, which will face Czech Republic on Thursday in one of four quarterfinals.

The game begins at 6 a.m. (AZ time) and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on a 30-minute delay with coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. (AZ time). NBC Sports will provide a live stream of the game via NBC Sports Live Extra, beginning at 6 a.m. (AZ time).

Meanwhile, Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett will lead Team Canada against Finland in a quarterfinal game that begins at 10 a.m. (AZ time).

The other quarterfinals are: Russia vs. France at 7 a.m. (AZ time) and Sweden vs. Belarus at 11 a.m. (AZ time).

Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker (Denmark) and prospect Tobias Rieder (Germany) did not reach the quarterfinals. Boedker finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in seven games. He took 17 shots on goal and averaged 19:01 per game. Rieder notched one goal in seven games, and took 10 shots on goal and averaged 15:04 per game.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Visit usahockey.com, hockeycanada.ca and/or iihfworlds2014.com for more info.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 11:46 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

DAY TWELVE: May 20, 2014

• USA defeated Germany, 5-4, in a Group B game to close the preliminary round for both teams. The USA has advanced to the quarterfinals; Germany has been eliminated.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played 20:27 and took one shot on goal, and Coyotes forward Andy Miele played 2:04 for USA.

Coyotes prospect Tobias Rieder played 14:45 and scored a power-play goal for Germany at 18:03 of the third period.

Visit usahockey.com for more info on this game.

• Canada defeated Norway, 3-2, in a Group A game to close the preliminary round for both teams. Canada has advanced to the quarterfinals.

Visit hockeycanada.ca for more info on this game.

• Slovakia defeated Denmark, 3-2, in a Group A game to close the preliminary round for both teams. Denmark has been eliminated.

Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker played 21:20 and scored a power-play goal at 1:11 of the second period. He was named his team's Best Player for this game.

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for more info on this game.

NEXT UP (for Coyotes) on Thursday:
Quarterfinals

USA vs. Czech Republic 6 a.m. (AZ time)
Canada vs. Finland 10 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 5:25 PM

GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy is having a good time playing for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Murphy has played in three of Team USA’s six games thus far in the round-round preliminary round, which concludes on Tuesday when the Americans take on Germany.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (center) with some of his USA teammates and USA Hockey executives Jim Johannson (left) and Tom Kurvers (right) at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk.

On Sunday, Murphy played a team-high 27 shifts (20:58) in the USA’s 3-1 win over Finland, which lifted the team into third place in the Group B standings with three wins, one OT win and two losses.

"It was a huge win for us against Finland," Murphy said. "It was a tight and exciting game. Now we get to control our fate on where we are ranked going into the quarterfinals with our last round-robin game against Germany on Tuesday."

Murphy has taken five shots on goal and is averaging 15:03 per game at this event. Those numbers will increase now that USA defenseman Jacob Trouba has left the tournament because of injury.

Murphy twice before has played for Team USA and both times won gold – at the 2013 World Junior Championship and at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. The quarterfinals of this tournament begin Thursday and the Gold Medal Game is Sunday.

“All of the guys here get along really well, the games are exciting and the city has been fun,” Murphy said. “We’ve gotten a chance to walk around and see some cool buildings, and we even went to the U.S. Embassy here. Even just walking around the city is cool, seeing all of the excitement over the tournament being held here.”


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POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 1:29 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

DAY ELEVEN: May 19, 2014

• France defeated Denmark, 6-2, in a Group A game.

Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker played 18:52, took one shot on goal and was minus-1.

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for more info on this game.

NEXT UP (for Coyotes) on Tuesday:

USA vs. Germany 2:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Canada vs. Norway 2:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Denmark vs. Slovakia 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 11:58 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

DAY TEN: May 18, 2014

Murphy

• USA defeated Finland, 3-1, in a Group B game.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played a team-high 27 shifts (20:58).

"It was a huge win for us," Murphy said. "It was a tight and exciting game. Now we get to control our fate on where we are ranked going into the quarterfinals with our last round robin game against Germany on Tuesday."

Coyotes forward Andy Miele played 6:54 and took one shot on goal.

Visit usahockey.com for more info on this game.

• Canada defeated Sweden, 3-2 in OT, in a Group A game.

Ryan Ellis scored the game-winning goal at 2:38 of overtime for Canada, which moved to 4-0-1-0-1 under Coyotes/Canada Head Coach Dave Tippett in this tournament.

Visit hockeycanada.ca for more info on this game.

• Russia defeated Germany 3-0 in a Group B game.

Coyotes prospect Tobias Rieder played 14:41 and took two shots on goal.

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for more info on this game.

NEXT UP (for Coyotes) on Monday:

Denmark vs. France 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 9:23 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

DAY NINE: May 17, 2014

Boedker

• Denmark rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and defeated the Czech Republic, 4-3, in a shootout in Group A game.

Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker played 25:57 and scored the only goal for either team in the shootout.

"We stayed in the game. We stayed the course," Boedker told reporters after the game. "We kept battling and we got two late goals. In the 4-on-4, you’ve just got to keep battling. In a shootout anything can happen. We got the first goal, so (goaltender) Simon (Nielsen) felt a little better about himself back there and he stopped them all. It was good."

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for more info on this game.

• Belarus defeated Germany, 5-2, in Group B game.

Coyotes prospect Tobias Rieder played 13:02, took two shots on goal and was minus-1.

NEXT UP (for Coyotes) on Sunday:

USA vs. Finland 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Canada vs. Sweden 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Germany vs. Russia 10:45 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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POSTED ON Friday, 05.16.2014 / 12:39 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Five members of the Coyotes organization - Head Coach Dave Tippett (Canada), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Connor Murphy (USA), Andy Miele (USA) and Tobias Rieder (Germany) - are competing at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

DAY EIGHT: May 16, 2014

• USA defeated Kazakhstan, 4-3 in OT, in A Group B game.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played 17:09 and took three shots on goal. Coyotes forward Andy Miele played 11:41 and took two shots on goal.

Visit usahockey.com for more info on this game.

• Canada defeated Italy, 6-1, in a Group A game.

Cody Hodgson scored two goals to lead Canada into first place of Group A.

NEXT UP (for Coyotes) on Saturday:

Germany vs. Belarus 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)
Denmark vs. Czech Republic 6:45 a.m. (AZ time)

Visit iihfworlds2014.com for full coverage/schedule.


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