Updated: Oct 4, 2022
Additions: Zack Kassian, Nick Bjugstad, Patrik Nemeth, Josh Brown, Troy Stecher, Jon Gillies, Logan Cooley, Conor Geekie, Maveric Lamoureux
Subtractions: Anton Stralman, Alex Galchenyuk, Loui Eriksson, Kyle Capobianco, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Dmitrij Jaskin, Hudson Fasching
It's clear the future is the focus for the Coyotes after another offseason of taking on salary and castaways. None of Arizona's three 2022 first round picks project to play in the NHL this season, and, with a talented top end of the 2023 draft in sights, it's likely the tank is rolling through the desert.
Probable For Opener: Barret Hayton (Hand)
Questionable For Opener: -None-
Out To Begin Season: -None-
Out For Season: -None-
Arizona expects to start the season fully healthy, pending further updates.
(league ranks in parentheses)
Clayton Keller - Barrett Hayton - Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse - Nathan Smith - Travis Boyd
Nick Ritchie - Jack McBain - Christian Fischer
Liam O'Brien - Nick Bjugstad - Zack Kassian
Jakob Chychrun - Troy Stecher
Shayne Gostisbehere - Dysin Mayo
J.J. Moser - Josh Brown
The questions around the Coyotes' lineup revolves around if and how soon Chychrun gets traded. There's plenty of interest around the league according to rumors and reports, and the return - likely in the form of salary and futures - could bring in some interesting pieces.
In the meantime, there's not a lot to get excited about here. Centers Smith and McBain had nice stints at the end of last season, and Moser provided some offense from the backend. Their development could be the biggest story to track throughout the season.
Snipers: Jack McBain
Playmakers: Nick Schmaltz
Volume Shooters: -None-
Shutdown Defenders: -None-
Shot Blockers: Dysin Mayo | Josh Brown
Hitters: Nick Ritchie | Nathan Smith | Jack McBain | Zack Kassian
Enforcers: Lawson Crouse | Josh Brown | Zack Kassian
Penalty Drawers: Jack McBain | Christian Fischer
PP Specialists: -None-
PK Specialists: Jack McBain
Faceoff Specialists: Nick Bjugstad
Duds: Karel Vejmelka
Sleepers: Jakob Chychrun
Other Roster Worthy: Clayton Keller, Lawson Crouse, Nick Schmaltz
Chychrun is coming off a down, injury-riddled season after potting 18 goals in 56 games the season previous. There's minimal offensive talent around him in Arizona, but enough to surpass his current draft position. If he gets traded to a more talented team and is rewarded with first powerplay time, then he can be near the top of the league in per-game goal rate for defensemen again.
Stay away from Vejmelka. While he projects to receive a healthy share of the net this season, he should let in well over three goals per game and projects for under a .900 save percentage. Those numbers are not nearly good enough to make up for the low win totals any goalie for this team is expected to churn out.
2022-2023 PuckLuck Projections
PuckLuck Projection: 62 points
Floor: 54 points Ceiling: 84 points
Projection Data Confidence: 52%
(League Average: 70%)
Stanley Cup: +35000000
President's Trophy: +750000
DraftKings Sportsbook Lines:
Stanley Cup: +100000
President's Trophy: +50000
With DraftKings (and other sportsbooks) capping their payouts and odds displayed, you will not be able to find any futures value regarding the Coyotes. Keep in mind, they play in the same division as the league favorite Colorado Avalanche.
In-season betting on Arizona really depends on if some of their offensive players can get hot. They project to give up a lot of goals regardless, so if they can score in bunches they can be a nice early-season over bet from game to game.
Division Projection: 8th
Conference Projection: 16th
League Projection: 32nd
Playoffs? No shot
Last place in the division. Last place in the conference. Last place in the league. The only thing our projections really like for the Coyotes this season is their ability to learn how to pronounce Conn-or Be-dard.