Which rookie who has spent significant time with the Coyotes has been the most disappointing?
Marcus Velasco — This one is harder for me to answer.
Christian Dvorak and Lawson Crouse haven’t had much offensive production but they have been more of bottom six forwards this season. Their defensive play have improved and they have done what coach Dave Tippett has asked of them.
Jakob Chychrun had an amazing start to the season and surprisingly earned a spot on this team. Since then he hasn’t been the same player we saw at the beginning of the year.
Personally, I was against him making the team at the beginning of the year. I felt that another year of junior hockey and time at the WJC would have been better for him.
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He will be a good defenseman in this league, he just needs a little bit more time.
Alex Temes — Early on, I was the other way about this player, but Jakob Chychrun has kind of trailed off.
I don’t know if it’s just how he’s been used or how visible some of his mistakes are, but I haven’t been nearly as impressed.
Now he’s young and learning, so I’m not upset or frustrated but it is noticeable that’s he’s made less of an impact since that series of games where he was scratched in December.
He’s scored in two consecutive nights but it was a long dry spell in the interim, so the point stands.
Jason Harrison — To some degree I believe you could say they have all been disappointing.
That’s a high bar, for sure, but these are kids who came in with high expectations.
Part of their lack of production is team related. Part of it is the system Dave Tippett chooses to employ and the way he doles out minutes.
Regardless, I’d like to have seen more from all of them.