Commentary

'You don't score, until you score'

The playoffs with just one 20-goal scorer? The Coyotes need wings.

Originally Published: June 21, 2010
By Philip Myrland and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Shane DoanKyle Terada/US PresswireShane Doan is one of the marquee players on the Coyotes, but the team needs more scorers.

Plugging Holes -- Phoenix Coyotes

The Hole: Wingers who can score

Phoenix had the 24th-ranked offense in the league in 2009-10. This is partly a result of coach Dave Tippett's emphasis on defense, but with only one 20-goal scorer (Radim Vrbata) and just two players over 50 points (Shane Doan, Matthew Lombardi), Phoenix was winning games on very tight margins. The Coyotes led the NHL in one-goal wins with 29 -- and with Ilya Bryzgalov likely to return to earth a bit after an outstanding Vezina-nominated season, the team needs to add some punch up front to avoid dropping in the standings.


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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.