In the midst of a wild first round, the Arizona Coyotes have decided to move up three spots. The Coyotes have landed the No. 11 pick from the Philadelphia Flyer for two other 2019 selections, Nos. 14 and 45. Arizona used the pick to select defenseman Victor Soderstrom out of Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League.
The Flyers were rumored to be interested in moving back and did well for themselves with this deal. In a deep draft class, Philadelphia only slides back three spots in the first, but picks up a mid-second selection as well. The Flyers will now pick 14th in the first and second round.
As for the ’Yotes, the team clearly wanted to get ahead of a potential run on defenseman by selecting Soderstrom. The SHL defender already has experience playing against pro competition and is one of most gifted skaters among defensemen in the draft class. Defense was not necessarily a major need for Arizona, but they add another quality prospect to a talented blue line group.