Commentary

Summer Skate: Phoenix Coyotes

Without goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, the Coyotes need others to elevate their play

Updated: September 16, 2011, 10:46 AM ET
By Rob Vollman and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Shane DoanChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesShane Doan was the only 20-goal scorer on the Coyotes' roster last season.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Phoenix. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Phoenix Coyotes

Despite lacking big-name talent and having only one 20-goal scorer (Shane Doan), the Coyotes quietly snuck into the postseason for the second consecutive season.

Without star goalie Ilya Bryzgalov this year, Phoenix is in danger of sliding back into obscurity if it doesn't get strong performances from many elder stars, such as Doan, Ray Whitney and Daymond Langkow.

Phoenix also needs continued improvement from its younger talent, such as Keith Yandle, Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker.


To read the full story about the Coyotes' summer projections, as well as Insider's complete NHL coverage, sign up for ESPN Insider.

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.