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Could This Extravagant 30-Goal NHL Draft Prospect Be A Perfect Fit For The Coyotes?

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

The Arizona Coyotes have once again missed the playoffs for the third straight season and will turn to the 2023 NHL Entry Draft as they look toward their future. With two first-round picks, the order to be determined in May, the Coyotes have a lot of options on their hands. After selecting two centers with their first two picks last season, could they add another one later in the draft?

Carey Terrance Is An Electric Goal Scorer

One of the underrated goal scorers in the draft, center Carey Terrance of the Erie Otters would be a great fit in the desert. This fast 17-year-old from Akwesasne, NY is an excellent skater, with or without the puck. He can easily make defenses pay if you leave him alone on a breakaway, and even fool the goalie, once or twice.

For example in January in a game against the Kitchener Rangers, a simple dump on the penalty kill sent the rest of the Otters to the bench for a line change. While that was happening, Terrance chased the puck until it reached the goaltender, where he stayed back and waited for the perfect moment to intercept the goalie’s pass. He smoothly faked out the goaltender for an easy short-handed goal.

Whether it be on a powerplay, penalty kill, or shootout, Terrance can do it all. His 30 goals and 47 points led the Erie Otters in both categories as he was the team’s biggest bright spot in the challenging season in which the team underwent a coaching change midseason and missed the playoffs.

Terrance Has Participated In Many Top Tournaments

He has impressed scouts all over and has participated in the 2023 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup for Team USA, and is currently in Switzerland with Team USA at the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

Terrance is also a really good person and leader. The alternate captain of the Otters, he always showed fight and passion for the game of hockey, whether it was a close game or a blowout. He has come up clutch numerous times, including over three overtime winners and a few shootout goals as well.

What Is His NHL Draft Projection?

Although Terrance will take some time before he plays NHL hockey, teams will draft him knowing that if he rises up to his potential, he will be a difference-maker. After Coyotes forward Clayton Keller had a breakout season, Arizona would hope they can get a player just like him. Terrance, 6’1″ 174lbs, and Keller, 5’10” 178lbs, are similar in size despite being seven years apart. They would be a fun duo for the Coyotes in years to come.

This week, the NHL Central Scouting ranked Terrance 38th on the North American skaters list, projecting him to go as high as the second round. With the Coyotes having a higher second-round pick than most teams, he could be the steal of the draft, if they choose to go in this direction. The Coyotes might not be contending anytime soon, but by the time their rebuild is complete, it might include Carey Terrance.


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