The Arizona Coyotes welcomed another member of the Doan family into their organization Saturday, selecting Arizona State forward Josh Doan with the 37th pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Doan, the son of former Coyotes captain and all-time leading goal scorer Shane Doan, committed to ASU in April after two years with the USHL’s Chicago Steel. He is set to debut for the Sun Devils this fall, and he will officially become the highest-drafted player in the history of the program when he does so.
“To tie it all together and come back to Arizona is definitely special,” Doan said. “I think no matter where you’re from it’s going to be an honor to be selected by the team that’s from your city. Being around the rink my whole life as a kid, it just makes it that much sweeter.”
A 6’2 right winger with excellent vision and puck skills, Doan should make an immediate impact for the Sun Devils in 2021-22. While his skating is not yet up to NHL standards, it did not stop him from scoring the third-most points in the USHL last season, and it isn’t likely to limit him at the college level either.
ASU’s ability to recruit players of Doan’s caliber is a testament to the rise of the program in recent years. With many of the Sun Devils’ feature players set to move on after the coming season, Doan will be a key component of ASU’s future, and if all goes well, he will also be a fixture for the Coyotes for years to come.
Ty Murchison, the program’s first California native commit, was drafted a few rounds later. The Philadelphia Flyers selected the incoming freshman in the fifth round with the 158th overall pick.