Finding the experience in the Arizona Coyotes locker room

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 14: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) controls the puck during the NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Arizona Coyotes on February 14, 2019 at Gila River Arena in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 14: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) controls the puck during the NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Arizona Coyotes on February 14, 2019 at Gila River Arena in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Brad Richardson (LA 2012)

Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 04: Brad Richardson #15 of the Arizona Coyotes skates up ice against the New Jersey Devils at Gila River Arena on January 4, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Brad Richardson is another example of a forward with Stanley Cup experience. Richardson won a Stanley Cup with the LA Kings in 2012. He averaged 8:35 minutes of ice time across the playoffs in 2012. But that still did not keep him from making a difference on the ice, like when he scored a goal during round one against the Canucks.

Richardson brings more than just a Stanley Cup to the locker room as well. The Kings that season won the Cup as an 8 seeded team in the playoffs, something that is almost impossible to do in the modern-day NHL.

The Kings were an example of a team that just snuck into the playoffs and then took advantage of the opportunity. This past season showed that a wild card team can make it in the playoffs. The Coyotes will need the help of players like Richardson to make it happen.