Arizona Coyotes: Four Positives 20 Games In

Nov 23, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) looks on prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) looks on prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Rookies Have Shown Promise

The Arizona Coyotes have skated six rookies this year, and while their individual impacts have varied, fans should be ecstatic about their potential. Here’s a brief reason why for each:

Anthony DeAngelo: Six points in ten games. He is a ton of fun to watch in the offensive zone.

Lawson Crouse: A strong penalty killer. Also sneaky fast for his size.

Laurent Dauphin: The Boyd Gordon of the future but WITH offensive skill.

Christian Dvorak: Very good two-way game. The offense will come once he gets more comfortable.

Jakob Chychrun: The only defenseman from his draft class left in the league. An excellent skater.

Dylan Strome: John Chayka called him the hardest working player on the team. Tippett has also said he is among the smartest and most skilled. Don’t worry, he’ll be just fine.

Next: Perlini Lighting Up AHL

We have seen glimpses from every one of the rookies this year that remind us why the Arizona Coyotes’ future is so bright. They aren’t quite there yet, but the rest of the league needs to start preparing itself.