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Season Preview: Arizona Coyotes

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Conference: Western

Division: Central



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Offseason



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.


 


Injury Report



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.


 

Projected Lineup

(league ranks in parentheses)



Forwards (30th)

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


Defense (32nd)

Jakob Chychrun - Troy Stecher

Shayne Gostisbehere - Dysin Mayo

J.J. Moser - Josh Brown


Goalies (30th)

Karel Vejmelka

Jon Gillies


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.


 


Dynamic Players


Snipers: Jack McBain

Playmakers: Nick Schmaltz

Volume Shooters: -None-

Play-Drivers: -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


 


Fantasy Impact


Studs: -None-

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

PLAYER

POS

G

A

PTS

W

GA

SV

SO

Jakob Chychrun

D

16

18

34

Clayton Keller

F

26

42

69

Lawson Crouse

F

19

19

39

Nick Schmaltz

F

21

49

70

Nick Ritchie

F

22

19

40

Shayne Gostisbehere

D

9

32

40

Karel Vejmelka

G

19

161

1344

3


 


Betting Impact



PuckLuck Projection: 62 points

Floor: 54 points Ceiling: 84 points


Projection Data Confidence: 52%

(League Average: 70%)


PuckLuck Odds:

  • Stanley Cup: +35000000

  • President's Trophy: +750000

  • Conference: +90000

  • Division: +90000

DraftKings Sportsbook Lines:

  • Stanley Cup: +100000

  • President's Trophy: +50000

  • Conference: +30000

  • Division: +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.


 


Season Outlook



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.


Will the Arizona Coyotes make the playoffs?

  • Yes

  • No


 


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