Coyotes prospect profile: Christian Dvorak

The Coyotes selected center Christian Dvorak in the second round of the 2014 draft.

With the Coyotes embracing a rebuild, FOX Sports Arizona is taking a look at the some of the team’s top prospects throughout the month of March. For more on the team’s future stars, tune into Coyotes Live 30 minutes prior to puck drop. 

Team: London Knights (OHL)

Age: 19

Height: 6-0

Weight: 190

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Drafted: 2014 2nd round (58th overall)

Season stats: 62 games, 41 goals (14 PPGs), 107 points, plus-36.

Quick facts: The Coyotes were set to draft Maxim Letunov with this second-round pick, but St. Louis grabbed him six spots earlier, so the Coyotes opted for Dvorak. Now they have both after a trade-deadline deal that sent defenseman Zbynek Michalek to the Blues for Letunov.

Timeline: Coyotes GM Don Maloney loves Dvorak’s potential and the progress he’s made this season in the OHL, but he said last week that Dvorak won’t be ready to step into an NHL sweater next season. That could be Maloney tempering expectations, but it’s also prudent not to expect Dvorak here full-time until 2016-17.

Quote: "His game has expanded. In December, he was such a dominant player. Drafting him when we did, I’d have to say his progress is ahead of the curve." — GM Don Maloney

Did you know? Dvorak committed to attend the University of Wisconsin in August 2012 after visiting Michigan State, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, New Hampshire, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He backed out of that commitment to sign with London, just as current Coyote Sam Gagner did in 2006. … Dvorak tore the ACL in his right knee in December of 2013 and missed the remainder of that season. … Dvorak grew up in Palos, Ill., right next door to Palos Heights, where former Jet and current NBC Sports analyst Ed Olczyk grew up.

Check back on FOXSportsArizona.com and tune into FOX Sports Arizona’s Coyotes pre-game show for upcoming profiles of the following prospects:

March 9 (vs. Nashville) – Christian Dvorak

March 12 (vs. Chicago) – Brendan Perlini

March 14 (vs. New Jersey) – Laurent Dauphin

March 16 (at Los Angeles) – Ryan MacInnis

March 19 (vs. Colorado) – Henrik Samuelsson

March 21 (vs. Pittsburgh) – Philip Samuelsson

March 24 (vs. Vancouver) – Tyler Gaudet

March 26 (at Buffalo) – Anthony Duclair

March 28 (at Pittsburgh) – Max Domi

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