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Top 15 Under 25

Because Any Deeper Into The Jar And All You'll Find Are Crumbs
1/7/2024 • Trevor Sifton

Andrei Svechnikov
DOB: March 26th, 2000 (23)
Svechnikov is a prototypical power-forward. He has the size and strength to wear down opposing players and the skill and speed to help generate top scoring opportunities. Svechnikov was drafted 2nd overall in the 2018 DCHL Draft by Arizona after acquiring the pick via trade with Dallas for Leon Draisaitl, which in return, won the lottery that year.

Evan Bouchard
DOB: October 20th, 1999 (24)
Slowly blossoming into a top pair defenceman, Bouchard has an offence first mentality to help quarterback your top powerplay unit. His ability to become a bonified number one defenceman will be determined by his ability to round out his defensive game. Bouchard was drafted 11th overall by the Coyotes in 2018.

Matty Beniers
DOB: November 5th, 2002 (21)
Already solidifying himself as a top six centerman, Matty Beniers will look to take that next step in the coming years to lock down a top line roll. His ability to compete in the offensive and defensive zones at a high level, allow him to be used in multiple situations throughout the lineup. Beniers was drafted 2nd overall in the 2021 DCHL Draft after acquiring the pick via NYR.

Kirill Marchenko

DOB: July 21st, 2000 (23)
Kirill Marchenko looks to develop into a top six winger for the Arizona Coyotes. He can effectively use his size and strength to generate offensive opportunities and would be used best on the powerplay. Marchenko was acquired earlier this season in a blockbuster deal between the Coyotes and Capitals.


Mikhail Gulyayev

DOB: April 26th, 2005 (18)

Gulyayev stands out as an impecible offensive defenseman with some of the best skating from his draft class, an asset that really stands out as he helps transition the puck from the defensive to offensive zone. His defensive game will require some work as he looks to transition over from the KHL. Gulyayev will hopefully look to grown into a power-play specialist for the Coyotes, with the upside of being a complete top pair defenceman. Mikhail Gulyayev was drafted 29th overall in the 2023 DCHL Draft after acquiring the pick from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Jake Bean.


Matthew Knies

DOB: October 17th, 2002 (21)

Matthew Knies has been able to find the scoring touch in every league he has played in and the Coyotes are hoping he can do the same in the DCHL. Knies looks to be a future top six forward for the desert dogs, likely contributing on the teams second powerplay in years to come. Knies was acquired via trade from the New York Rangers at the start of the 2023-24 season in exchange for Dante Fabbro.

Dylan Samberg

DOB: January 24th, 1999 (24)
Since being drafted in 2017, Samberg has shown his slow and steady development into a reliable bottom six shut down defenceman, who is also capable of contributing in the offensive zone with his smart passes. Samberg looks to be a PK specialist for the Coyotes in the years to come. Samberg was acquired back in 2019 via trade with the Colorado Avalanche.


Philip Tomasino

DOB: July 28th, 2001 (22)

Tomasino is hoping to show the Coyotes that he can develop into a future top six winger in the DCHL. He has a great engine that helps drive his physical and puck possession play that will surely be an asset in the DCHL. It’s more likely that Tomasino develops into a middle six forward with the upside or possible powerplay and penalty kill time, but he will be out there to prove otherwise. Tomasino was acquired via trade from the Bruins in 2023.

Declan Chisholm
DOB: January 12th, 2000 (23)

Declan Chisholm was likely considered a long shot to make a starting roster in the DCHL but he is currently knocking on the door to make that a reality after putting up tremendous numbers in the AHL. Chisholm had fantastic offensive instincts and can make crisp outlet passes to help transition his team from defence to offence. Chisholm projects as a bottom six defender with the capability to be a presence on a second powerplay unit. Chisholm was acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2021.


Ruslan Khazheyev

DOB: November 20th, 2004 (19)

Standing at 6’4”and weighing in at 201lbs, Ruslan Khazheyev takes up a very large part of the net. His numbers are showing as the prototypical Russian goaltender that scouts are looking for. While it may be a long shot, if he continues the path that he is on, he could turn into an DCHL starter with the upside of a potential star. Khazheyev was drafted by the Coyotes in 2023 with the 97th overall pick.

Alexander Perevalov

DOB: April 16th, 2004 (19)

Alexander Perevalov is a big bodied Russian, with a fantastic shot and a knack for smart defensive plays as well. There are some concerns with him as he appears to have taken a step back in his offensive production, but it is promising to see that he is still getting playing time in the KHL. The Coyotes are hoping he will be able to make an impact with the team as a middle six forward for the team in the future. Perevalov was acquired via trade in the blockbuster deal with the Capitals earlier this season.


Jet Greaves

DOB: March 30th, 2001 (22)

Jet Grreaves is a great positional goaltender with impressive puck-tracking and lateral movement. He lacks the size that most teams are looking for in a goaltender, standing only 6’0’, that may impact his ability to be a full DCHL starter and may see him peak as either a backup goaltender or farm team call up. et Greaves was signed during Free Agency in 2022.

Yegor Yegorov

DOB: August 30th, 2005 (18)

Yegor Yegorov was one of the youngest played drafted in 2023. Hes shown a lot of promise in the MHL. If things go well this season, look for him to play a few games in the VHL as he continues down his path of development. He likely peaks as a AHL starter, however with goalies, it’s incredibly tough to predict. Yegor Yegorov was acquired via trade with the LA Kings before the start of the 2023-24 season.


Jack Beck

DOB: April 12th, 2003 (20)

Jack Beck has been flying under the radar in his junior career. Beck’s second season in the OHL was put on hold due to COVID-19 and as a result, slipped down to the end of the draft. Since then, Beck has been over a point per game playing for both the Ottawa 67’s and Soo Greyhounds. He has the size, skill, and speed to make it at the NHL level, but likely projects as a bottom six forward. Beck was drafted in 2021 with the 207thoverall pick.


Jake Wise

DOB: February 28th, 2000 (23)
Jake Wise was once thought to be a top 10 pick in the 2018 draft, injuries sidelined him for much of his draft eligible season. It’s been a long road battling back as Wise tried to find his form while playing for BU, eventually transferring to Ohio State university where he was able to make that next step. The Coyotes are hoping he can still reach his potential as a top six forward in the DCHL, but only time will tell. Wise was selected 49th overall in the 2018 DCHL by the Coyotes.