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Arizona Coyotes Season Preview

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2020-2021 Arizona Coyotes: Season Recap

This is the outlook of the 2021-2022 Arizona Coyotes. First of all, it must be noted that the 2020-2021 NHL Season was a bit strange. Once again, the season was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The League did not begin regular season play until January of 2021, thus shortening the season.

There were not the traditional divisions; Canada did not allow travel in and out of the country without time in quarantine, forcing a one-season divisional realignment. Instead of playing in the Central Division, the Coyotes were in the Honda West Division.

Arizona finished 5th in their division, ending the season with a record of 24-26-6. They did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Arizona Coyotes: Lines

Projected Lines, Offense

First LineClayton KellerNick SchmaltzPhil Kessel
Second LineBarrett HaytonChristian DvorakChristian Fischer
Third LineLawson CrouseJohan LarssonDmitrij Jaskin
Fourth LineRyan DzingelJay BeagleAntoine Roussel

Christian Dvorak recently traded to Montreal Canadiens for future 1st and 2nd round picks.

Projected Lines, Defense

First LineJakob ChychrunConor Timmins
Second LineShayne GostiskehereIlya Lyubushkin
Third LineAnton StralmanVictor Soderstrom
GoaltenderCarter HuttonJosef Korenar

Arizona Coyotes: Offseason Moves

This offseason was a bit different. The Stanley Cup was again awarded at a strange time, July 7, 2021. The Seattle Kraken held their Expansion Draft on July 21, followed by the Entry Draft on July 23-24. The NHL Free Agency opened shortly after on July 28th. The compressed time-frame changed the usual way that offseason business took place.

Consequential Departures

Oliver Ekman-Larson ( Defenseman, Captain)

Conor Garland ( RW)

Christian Dvorak (C)

Darcy Keumper (Goaltender)

Adin Hill (Goaltender)

Noteworthy Arrivals

Bill Armstrong (GM)

Andre Tourigny (Head Coach)

Arizona Coyotes: Needs

The biggest need the Coyotes have, goes beyond their personnel. Recently the city of Glendale did not renew the lease of Gila River Arena. The organization needs to find a new home in Phoenix.

Keep An Eye On…

Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun both have a much more important role this year. Clayton Keller needs to perform better and Chychrun needs to maintain his offensive abilities.

Parting Thoughts

With new GM Bill Armstrong arriving this offseason, its been very clear that he wants to create a complete rebuild of the team. The team has parted ways with many long time Coyote players to acquire picks for upcoming drafts. It would be surprising if the Coyotes were competitive this season.

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