I can’t wait for the season to begin. Like most other Coyotes fans, I too have high expectations for the upcoming season. Here are my player point predictions for the 2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes.
Mikkel Boedker:GP: 75, G: 17, A: 18, PTS: 35
The highest drafted Dane in NHL history is entering his rookie season with high expectations from fans and management alike. Don’t expect him to have a Calder trophy season but he should get a decent amount of points somewhere between 35 to 40 points.
It is true that the Coyotes signings of Fedoruk and McGrattan will give him more of an opportunity to show his offensive skills, but don’t expect huge numbers, yet. Carcillo will have to prove himself before he gets a shot on one of the top two lines.
Shane Doan:GP: 80, G: 36, A: 45, PTS: 81
He is coming off a career year in which he recorded 78 points, with Olli Jokinen now in the lineup expect that total to rise. Now it won’t be a significant raise as 80 points is probably Doan’s ceiling, point wise.
Todd Fedoruk:GP: 76, G: 9, A: 9, PTS: 18
He is similar to another Coyote in Dan Carcillo. He can hit and fight with the best of them and at the same time score a few goals. The difference between him and Carcillo is that he doesn’t have nearly the same offensive capabilities. Fedoruk won’t surprise anyone, so don’t expect more than 20 points.
Martin Hanzal:GP: 76, G: 11, A: 32, PTS: 43
He had a decent rookie season scoring wise, but has shown he is more of defensive player. Hanzal is coming off back surgery so as long as he is 100% going into the season he should surpass 40 points.
Olli Jokinen:GP: 82, G: 38, A: 50, PTS: 88
Acquired at the NHL entry draft Jokinen will provide the offense that the Coyotes so desperately needed last season. He is actually coming off a down year so expect him to have a bounce back season.
Enver Lisin:GP: 72, G: 12, A: 6, PTS: 18
He one of the fastest skaters in the league but that doesn’t mean he is going to be a superstar, or at least not for the foreseeable future. He has the skills to be a great player in the NHL but needs to be given more playing time to show it.
Brian McGrattan:GP: 46, G: 1, A: 2, PTS: 3
He is simply a one dimensional player. He is on the team because of the toughness he brings to the game and that is all. McGrattan hasn’t showed any offensive potential in the past so it is not going to start now.
Peter Mueller:GP: 82, G: 27, A: 34, PTS: 61
He had an excellent rookie season, finishing fourth in rookie scoring. He will most likely play on line with Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen so expect his numbers to rise.
Steven Reinprecht:GP: 82, G: 12, A: 25, PTS: 37
He is one of the few veteran Coyote players that are on the team. He will bring a great deal of leadership and experience along with his usual 40 or so points.
Kyle Turris:GP: 79, G: 20, A: 43, PTS: 63
He will enter the season with already three games of NHL experience under his belt so expect him come out of the gates firing. A Calder trophy winning season is definitely a possibility for the extremely gifted Turris.
Daniel Winnik:GP: 74, G: 7, A: 10, PTS: 17
Do you remember the name Mike Zigomanis? Winnik like Zigomanis had a surprising first season with the Coyotes. The question is will he fade off just like Zigomanis did a year after his surprising season? Only time will tell.
Kevin Porter:GP: 78, G: 10, A: 17, PTS: 27
He is a more experienced rookie having played for four years at Michigan. He is ready to take his game to the pro level and he should succeed as he is an excellent two-way player.
David Hale:GP: 65, G: 2, A: 5, PTS: 7
At 215 games he is the active leader for games played without scoring a goal. That streak has to come to an end sometime and what a better time than now. In saying that, Hale isn’t and never will be an offensive defenseman. He is a player who will play a very physical game and nothing else.
Matt Jones:GP: 49, G: 0, A: 3, PTS: 3
Like Hale, Jones has virtually no offensive upside. He too plays a physical game and will have to battle for spot on the Coyotes defensive corps.
Ed Jovanovski:GP: 79, G: 13, A: 35, PTS: 48
The leader of the Coyotes defense, he can play both an offensive and defensive game. He had a career high 51 points last season and the Coyotes powerplay quarterback should have no problem repeating those numbers.
Zbynek Michalek:GP: 82, G: 5, A: 25, PTS: 30
He had somewhat of a down season in terms of points last year so expect his numbers to go back to somewhere in the 30 point range. He is also a great two-way defenseman.
Derek Morris:GP: 82, G: 7, A: 18, PTS: 25
Another leader on the Coyotes defense, Morris’s numbers has dropped the past couple of seasons but he is still reliable for 25+ points. Like almost every other player on the Coyotes defense he too can play solid defense.
Kurt Sauer:GP: 68, G: 3, A: 6, PTS: 9
The newly acquired Sauer will be relied on to shut down the opposing team’s star players. He has showed little offense in his career so expect the same this season.
Keith Yandle:GP: 79, G: 9, A: 22, PTS: 31
He probably has the most offensive potential of the Coyotes defenseman. He will start on the bottom paring but down the road should be an excellent offensive defensemen. In order for Yandle to get the playing time he needs to produce, he will have to improve his defensive game.
Ilya Bryzgalov:GP: 71, W: 38, GAA: 2.41, SV%: .923, SO:5
He was the Coyotes savior last season by putting up some spectacular numbers. Expect nothing different this year as he will be looked upon to guide the Coyotes to a playoff spot.
Mikael Tellqvist:GP: 11, W: 7, GAA: 2.79, SV%: .904, SO:1
He has been a backup for his entire career and most likely always will be. At the same time he has been a solid backup for the Coyotes.
Al Montoya:GP: 11, W: 9, GAA: 2.35, SV%: .918, SO:2
The only chance that Montoya is going to play for the Coyotes this season is if Tellqvist gets traded. If Montoya does get a shot, expect him to shine as he has put up spectacular numbers in the minors.
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