Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Arizona

Grant Campbell


In week two of our look at GM ratings we will focus on Arizona and GM John Chayka. He was hired as a 26-year old after serving as the assistant GM for 11 months and 12 days under prior GM Don Maloney.


5: below average

6: average

7: above average

8: top ten

9: Exceptional

10: Perfect

Arizona Coyotes

GM – John Chayka hired May 5th, 2016

First category, winning:

Regular season record: 131 W 147 L 24 OTL 14 SOL: 0.477 Win %

Playoffs: have missed the playoffs every season

Best result: This season, were four points out of the last wild card spot in the West.

Chayka took over a middling team that struggled to score and the leading goal getter the year before was a 38-year old Shane Doan. He inherited Oliver Ekman-Larsson (24), Max Domi (20) and Anthony Duclair (20) who along with Doan were in the top four of scoring for the Coyotes in 2015-2016. Fast forward to this season and the Coyotes still struggle with offense, but are at least above 0.500.

Winning rating: 6.5


32 players drafted over four seasons with five of those being 1st round picks.

The jury is still out on most of Chayka's draft picks from 2016 forward but he had two first round picks in his first year in 2016 and looks to have hit with both Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun. Aside from Barrett Hayton and his 20 NHL games, these are the only three draft picks of Chayka to play an NHL game so far. Prospects drafted are Pierre-Olivier Joseph (traded to Pittsburgh), Jan Jenik, Victor Soderstrom and Matias Maccelli. The cupboard is pretty bare, but the picks in 2016 put his drafting slightly above average.

Drafting score: 7.1


We will only focus on trades that turned out very