TXHT begins another series on the top 10 prospects in each teams system. This will be alternating alongside the Impact on Hockey series. This series will take an in-depth look at the top 10 prospects in each system and give a little insight into the player they are and potentially could become.
10. Goaltender – Aiden Hill
Born May 11, 1996 — Comox, BC
Height 6.06 — Weight 202 [198 cm/92 kg]
Drafted by Arizona Coyotes- round 3 #76 overall 2015 NHL Entry Draft
Hill in 21 games this season with the Tucson Roadrunners carries solid numbers. Posting a 2.49 GAA and a .911 Save % – Which is pretty stellar considering he is playing for one of the most fantastic farm teams. Hill was a called up a few times this season with a rash of injuries occurring and once again posted some good numbers – 7-5-0 with a 2.76GAA and 901 Save %. Which is less than his AHL number but most goalies lately aren’t seeming to find their place in the NHL until between the ages of 27-29. Arizona owns a goalie right now that didn’t start until he was 29 – Antti Raanta – so at the age of 22 this kid has all the tools, including athleticism and great composure.
9. Goaltender – Merrick Madsen
Born Aug 22 1995 — Acton, CA
Height 6.05 — Weight 190
Drafted by Philadelphia Flyers- round 6 #162 overall 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Madsen doesn’t have the shot at the top that Hill does, he still is showing to be an excellent prospect. Playing for Havard of the NCAA, He had a 2.27 GAA and .918 save percentage, which is very nice numbers.
Madsen will get his shot at the pro level as he joins the Tucson Roadrunners. Madsen deserves a look. He’s big enough (6’5″) which is the modern mold, and with some good development, he could develop in a nice Goaltender.
8. Left Wing – Brayden Burke
Born Jan 1, 1997 — Edmonton, ALTA
Height 5.10 — Weight 170
Burke is an undrafted 22-year-old with some amazing offensive upside. So far in his first 53 games with Tucson, Burke has amassed 11 goals and 14 assists for 24 points. He hasn’t had very many minutes, especially on the powerplay. But look for him to get some more ice-time in the 2019/2020 season, Burke may even get a look at the pro level given his age.
7. Defense – Jordan Gross
Born May 9, 1995 — Maple Grove, MN
Height 5.10 — Weight 195
Gross, another NCAA player who is a bit of an overager. Clocked in at 22 years old, Gross played a pivotal goal-scoring role from the defense, scoring 10 goals and 20 assists in 40 games. He was known for his special team prowess, scoring the majority of his points there.
Gross came into this season expecting a bigger role and he hasn’t disappointed. In 52 games this year with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL, Gross has put together 5 goals and 16 assists. Gross has the ability to QB the powerplay, as well as open up ice for teammates on 5 on 5. Don’t be shocked if you see him in Arizona in the 2019/2020 season.
6. Right Wing – Conor Garland
Born Mar 11, 1996 — Scituate, MA
Height 5.10 — Weight 165
Born Jan 7, 1998 — Sylvan Lake, ALTA
Born Aug 13 1997 — Mississauga, ONT
Height 6.01 — Weight 196
Capobianco is probably the most intriguing of all the defencemen in Arizona’s system.Capobianco is a more rigid two-way presence and is better defensively than a lot of the guys in the Coyotes system. He was 38th in rookies in scoring and fourth in rookie defensemen in the AHL. But Capobianco plays with an edge and some grit to his game. Most project him as a potential partner for Oliver-Ekman Larsson. At least a top 4 guy for sure.
3. Center – Barrett Hayton
Born Jun 9, 2000 — Peterborough, ONT
Height 6.01 — Weight 191 [185 cm/87 kg]
Born Jul 1, 1999 — Chambly, PQ
Height 6.02 — Weight 168
Born May 23, 1997 — Calgary, ALTA
Height 5.10 — Weight 194