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Arizona Coyotes at #69: MacKenzie Entwistle

The Arizona Coyotes selected Hamilton Bulldogs C/RW MacKenzie Entwistle in the 3rd round of the 2017 NHL Draft with the #69th overall pick. One of the most likeable young men in hockey today, Entwistle has the potential to be a household name for not only Coyotes fans. While not a lock to make it, look out for Entwistle to earn an invitation a year from now to Hockey Canada’s summer World Junior development camp.

MacKenzie Entwistle pressures the Kingston Frontenacs defense while on the penalty kill. (Photo: Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs)


MacKenzie Entwistle is a legitimate NHL prospect who time and time again rings the bell when it comes to capitalizing on prime opportunities. TSN’s Scott Cullen has a series of articles where he breaks down the statistical probability of a player becomes an NHL regular. This helps fans gauge the success of any young prospect in relation to where they were selected in the draft. Cullen’s model (Source) and the outlook for Entwistle:

No. 61-70
Average Rating: 2.45
Best: Brad Richards, David Krejci, David Backes, Kris Letang
Ranked 7 or better: 5.5%
Ranked 5 or worse: 88.0%
At least 100 NHL games (or extremely likely): 37.5%

10 – Generational
9 – Elite Player
8 – First Line, Top Pair D
7 – Top Six Forward, Top Four D
6 – Top Nine Forward, Top Six D
5 – NHL Regular
4 – Fringe NHLer
3 – Very Good Minor Leaguer
2 – Minor Leaguer, under 50 NHL games
1 – 10 or fewer NHL games

Entwistle has the ability to cover the bet at that 37% chance of playing 100 games in the National Hockey League. Personally, I believe he has at least 400 games under his belt come the day he retires from professional hockey.

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Krist Hayes

Krist is fan of the game of hockey that has been moonlighting as a blogger recently writing about the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Reckless since his days as a crease-crasher. Tweet him @kristhayes

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