The Arizona Coyotes got an asset for the near future by acquiring the rights to Jack McBain from Minnesota in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick.
So what are the Yotes getting in McBain?
A big, strong, two-way center, McBain took a nice leap forward offensively as a senior with Boston College, leading the Eagles in scoring with 33 points in 24 games. He also got the unique chance to represent Canada at the Olympics as one of a handful of prospects taken to Beijing.
The son of former NHLer Andrew McBain was a standout in Jr. A, playing for the OJHL's Toronto Jr. Canadiens and impressing with his dominant physical tools. There was always the sense he could score more back then and McBain spent those years trying to add more explosiveness to his skating, but the tools were tantalizing.
Entering college, McBain started off quietly as a freshman but improved his numbers every season, culminating in this year's excellent production.
Originally drafted by Minnesota, McBain will have an easier path to the NHL as a member of the Coyotes, as Arizona is going through a full-on rebuild that will offer plenty of opportunities for young players. Best-case scenario, McBain can be a middle-six pivot for the Coyotes - a second-liner if his offense translates to the pro ranks; a third-liner if points prove harder to come by.