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The Coyotes Martin Hanzal battles for the puck in a recent game against the Chicago Blackhawks
2012 Statistics- 64 games, 8 goals, 26 assists, 34 points, plus/minus- -2
2013 Predictions- 41 games, 6 goals, 13 assists, 19 points, plus/minus- 0
Martin Hanzal needs to have a bigger season than I am predicting to get critics off of his back. For the last two seasons, the 6'6, 235-pound center has missed lengthy periods of time due to injury.
The 25-year-old has played 125 of the last 164 games and has never lived up to his full potential in a Coyotes sweater. He is a good defensive center, but he needs to improve his game on the offensive end and start producing points and a more physical style of play.
He is a valuable part of this team for his size and his ability to play in all facets of the game. He helps center the second line and his scoring will be needed to help this team make a run deep in the playoffs.
But, he has to stay healthy for that to happen and he has already been scratched from a game this season due to a lower body injury which forced him to miss the Columbus game last night.
He has one goal and one assist in two games for the Coyotes so far this season, but is a minus two when it comes to his plus/minus rating. His status is day-to-day with his injury.