The Phoenix Coyotes have the privilege of the 20th selection after a second successful season of making the playoffs. We here in the Coyotes' office are excited for next season (we wish some investors would get excited). We are remaining in Glendale (for now) and next season we plan to defeat our playoff nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings. To help us reach that goal of 1st round success, the Hamilton Coyotes select Rocco Grimaldi.
While Rocco's size might seem to be an issue, size has not hurt Martin St. Louis or Daniel Briere as successful NHL forwards. We've also seen the success that someone like Nathan Gerbe (5'5") has had so far in the NHL. Rocco stands at 5'6" but he's a hard-working forward who has played against bigger players all his life. Smaller players have to find ways to create their place in the NHL.
Grimaldi has been doing just that during his junior career. Rocco demonstrates a lot of hockey smarts because of his size. It is that kind of competitive drive that the Kansas City Coyotes need to be able to vanquish the bigger and more talented Detroit Red Wings when we inevitably face them again in the first round of next season's playoffs.
Having bolstered our blue line over the last drafts with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brandon Gormley, we feel it is time to to bring more speed and skill to the Quebec City Coyotes. Grimaldi has met the challenges of bigger, faster and more skilled players with competitive fierceness, and that is the type of attitude we want to adopt in the 2011-2012 season.
The Las Vegas Coyotes have grabbed a great crop of young forwards over the years with the selection of Mikael Boedker in 2008 and Kyle Turris in 2007. Rocco Grimaldi not only brings fierceness and speed, but his 33 points in 27 games this past season as part of the U.S. National Team U18 are nothing to laugh at (unlike our ownership situation).
So, it is my pleasure, as the representative of the Atlanta Coyotes... I mean Windsor Coyotes, to welcome Rocco Grimaldi to our family wherever some investors decide is best for us to reside.