Arizona Coyotes: Six Questions After Rough Start In Desert

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Oct 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) keeps his eyes on Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /

Who has been the Arizona Coyotes most impressive player thus far?

Alex Temes:

The best player for Arizona has been Jordan Martinook.

He’s the ‘energizer bunny’ of the team; he’s always on the puck, chasing down plays and playing responsible, 200-foot hockey.

Should Marty be slightly faster, he’d be an older version of Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson.

If Martinook has shown us anything so far this season, it’s that his ceiling as a player is much higher than a 4th-liner (think Tobias Rieder-type ceiling).

I also think Brad Richardson and Jakob Chychrun would be strong candidates for best player so far as well.

Vincent Benedict:

Honestly, no one.

The Coyotes have skated and passed like they have no idea where their teammates are going.

This is to be expected with five rookies, not to mention the other new additions to the squad.

If I had to select one I wouldn’t even say best, I would say least worst.

Using that criteria I’d choose Oliver Ekman-Larsson because we are one gOEL away from being 0-5.

Caitlyn Pence:

Best player… this is hard. Multiple players have been shining through this bleak stretch.

I would have to say Radim Vrbata, he has impressed me and many others.

He was doubted from the beginning with people saying he was old and waste of money. So far he has been the best signing.

He is scoring, putting up assists, is on the power play, on the ice in the final minutes, and is getting heavy minutes total.

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He has net front presence and good puck handling.

He is making a big impact so far. Wouldn’t be surprised if he only gets better as the season progresses.