Arizona Coyotes 5th overall draft pick Barrett Hayton will begin the upcoming NHL season on the ice with the Coyotes, according to general manager John Chayka.
“Everything we thought and expected (about Hayton) has come true,” Arizona general manager John Chayka said, according to theScore’s John Matisz. “He’s one of those guys who you think will keep getting better and better every single day. He does a lot of good things, makes his teammates better, and came into camp and did a nice job. He’s going to start off on our opening day roster and we’re just going to take it day by day here.”
“He’s a premium person, (a) premium player, playing a premium position,” Chayka said. “He’s a foundational piece for us. We think he’s a complete 200-foot center.”
Hayton, the young center who who considered a surprise draft pick during the 2018 NHL draft, was held scoreless in two preseason appearances.