Armchair GM: Would you keep Jakob Chychrun for the season if you were John Chayka?
Yes. I would keep him without a doubt.
He added some strength we needed on the D-line.
Chychrun is putting up points, he puts up shots on net and is working 110% every shift. He plays aggressive. When he sees the chance he takes the puck and drives towards the net.
He has proven more than capable to stay on the roster especially up against some of these veteran teams and players.
Coach Dave Tippett sees it too!
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Chychrun should stay on the roster for at least the first 39 games.
If he continues playing the way he has, I’d keep him all season. It’s a no-brainer, this guy can play.
Sending him back to juniors would just waste the rest of his season.
I like this kid, and I think he’s helping the team.
If Clayton Keller develops, and Chychrun continues to shine, people are going to look back at the 2016 Draft as the best ever for the Coyotes.
That’s a hard question.
Obviously, Chychrun has been one of Arizona’s best players, let alone best rookie, so it would be a shock to send one of your best players back to Canada.
But, on the other hand, Michael Stone is back and Arizona has too many offensively minded defensemen on the roster right now.
Ordinarily, offense is a good thing, but defense comes first and the Coyotes haven’t really had any.
In the end, I do think Chychrun stays, but a trade will cement his roster spot for the rest of the season.