Arizona Coyotes’ Biggest Questions Entering 2016-17 Season

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Oct 5, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save as Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak (18) tries to score during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Which of the rookies will have the biggest impact on the Coyotes this season?

Caitlyn Pence:

Jakub Chychrun on defense, definitely.

The Coyotes really pushed to strengthen defense this offseason and that’s exactly what we did with new additions and now the addition of Chychrun.

Alex Temes:

Christian Dvorak plays a 200-foot game, can be slotted in on any given special teams situation and play on pretty much any line.

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That kind of play can change the outcome of games, and his play could make Arizona competitive down the stretch. I certainly would not be surprised if Dvorak is in the conversation for a Calder Trophy should he capitalize on those skills. While don’t think he’ll win (cc: Auston Matthews), I’m optimistic the NHL will take notice of his play.

Drew Walters:

I have to say Dylan Strome.

His raw offensive talent is something the Coyotes have lacked for a long time, and I think he could have a very strong season.

His play, in my opinion, will play a large role in the Coyotes’ playoff chances.

This may be a bit bold, but I think he could break Peter Mueller’s rookie record for points (54). His cerebral approach to the game reminds me of Joe Thornton.

He’s not the quickest, but he can create opportunities for himself and his teammates by knowing where to be and where the puck is going.