4 players who must step up for the Arizona Coyotes after the All-Star Break

The Arizona Coyotes have hit a rough patch in what has otherwise been a successful season for one of the NHL’s most underrated teams.

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The AZ Coyotes will win if Lawson Crouse’s productivity increases

If the Coyotes are looking to rediscover their winning ways, then Lawson Crouse must be their go-to. Clayton Keller has been Arizona’s most productive asset this season, and there is little doubt that he will keep his consistency going strong when the Coyotes retake the ice. But if Crouse can inch closer to Keller’s production, they will be tough for opponents to stop. 

So far this season, Crouse ranks second on the team with 19 goals scored, and he’s third in points with 29, behind Keller and Maccelli. We also talked about Cooley earlier, but he and Maccelli are better suited for helpers than they are scoring goals, and the same goes for almost everyone else in Arizona other than Michael Carcone. 

But the forward most likely to step up and help get pucks into the net is Crouse, and it must happen often over the final two months of 2023-24 for Arizona to complete its shocking season. And with a pair of prolific scorers, they may even open more opportunities for others mentioned in this article. If that’s the case, such a rebound will parlay the Coyotes into potential buyers at the trade deadline.

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)