In EA Sports NHL 20 fans can play as their favorite teams and players on the ice. Naturally I wanted to take a spin at the Arizona Coyotes season before we went to far into the season. Simulating seasons in NHL 20 is a lot of fun.
Last season EA predicted that the Toronto Maple Leafs would win the Stanley Cup in their first season with John Tavares. Now, the St. Louis Blues actually went on to win so take these predictions with a grain of salt.
Obviously we all have our own goals for the Coyotes this season, and sometimes we need to separate what is realistic from what we want. With that in mind I see no reason why the Arizona Coyotes won’t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. They are young, have speed, and are skilled. Honestly they have the potential to be a team like Toronto in a few years, but now they are more like Vancouver.
I am not saying the Coyotes will dominate opponents all year-long or that they will make it out of the first round, but I do think they will be there. Tossing aside my opinion for a little while let’s check out what an NHL 20 simulation has to say about the Coyotes chances this spring.
NHL 20 Simulation Results
Record : 46-29-7 (99 points)
Leading Scorer : Phil Kessel 46 goals, 38 assists, and 84 points
Position in Standings : 1st in Pacific
Playoffs : Lost in second round to Calgary Flames
This would be a successful season in my opinion, and one that is honestly realistic for the Coyotes. We do expect Phil Kessel to light the lamp and put up a ridiculous amount of goals in the 2019-20 season, why else did we trade for him if he doesn’t. The thing that surprises me the most about the simulation is what comes after Kessel.
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Keller, Hinostroza, and Dvorak all three young players on the Coyotes. If the Coyotes are to make the playoffs they are going to need their young players to step up and put up points. All three players put up above 50 points in the game, hopefully we can make that a reality this season.
Another interesting part of the simulation was the goalies. NHL 20 simulated that Antti Raanta would be the starter for the majority of the hockey games for the Coyotes. He played in 56 games compared to Kuemper’s 31, playoff games are included.
I think you should take simulations like these with a grain of salt. However seeing the Coyotes succeed in a game does give me hope for the future. With the defense we have night in and night out there is no reason this can not be a reality, all we need to do now is score goals.