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 Line||Clayton Keller||Nick Schmaltz||Phil Kessel|
|Second Line||Barrett Hayton||Christian Dvorak||Christian Fischer|
|Third Line||Lawson Crouse||Johan Larsson||Dmitrij Jaskin|
|Fourth Line||Ryan Dzingel||Jay Beagle||Antoine Roussel|
Christian Dvorak recently traded to Montreal Canadiens for future 1st and 2nd round picks.
Projected Lines, Defense
|First Line||Jakob Chychrun||Conor Timmins|
|Second Line||Shayne Gostiskehere||Ilya Lyubushkin|
|Third Line||Anton Stralman||Victor Soderstrom|
|Goaltender||Carter Hutton||Josef 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.
Oliver Ekman-Larson ( Defenseman, Captain)
Conor Garland ( RW)
Christian Dvorak (C)
Darcy Keumper (Goaltender)
Adin Hill (Goaltender)
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.
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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