Phoenix Coyotes 1st Quarter Grades: Forwards

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Phoenix Coyotes First Quarter Report Card —

My grading system not very scientific and my evaluations are based on my experience’s in coaching (15 years), as a  WHL Scout (15 years), a player (15 years), as a Fan (forever) and even as a Fantasy GM (too many years).  I know what I like and what I don’t like in a player and it will probably be much different for every reader and that is great. We all see different things in a player.  After years of coaching and scouting I just look at the game a little differently than I used to as a fan.  Listed below is some of the criteria I used in grading this report card.

1. The players position and roll in the line-up for each game … example: top  6 forward, PP.

2. The amount of ice time and hard minutes. example: playing against top lines, PK.

3. Expectations from coaches, media, fans etc.

4. Salary, return on investment (ROI).  This may seem unfair and not very popular with the mainstream media but in 1990 the NHLPA decided to introduce salary disclosure.  This was to give the players some negotiating leverage when comparing their salary with comparable players around the league.

This info from a website like has now opened up the players to public scrutiny from fans and media so now there is no hiding your salary from the fans.  I’ve heard lots of fans on talk radio or social media state they could care less what a player makes.  That’s fine and that is their prerogative but player salaries impact your favorite team greatly.  Over-paying under producing players impacts the teams ability to make trades, sign FA’s etc, so salary should not be taken likely. This report is just another in a long line of different opinions from different sources.  Agree or agree to disagree is fine by me.

Shane Doan has been the Phoenix Coyotes best and most consistent player through 21 games.

Shane Doan has been the Phoenix Coyotes best player through the first 21 games.

Shane Doan has been the 2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes best and most consistent player through 21 games.

Keep in mind the first grade is based strictly what you see on the ice.  The second grade ROI is based on whether I think the player is earning his salary or is the team getting the appropriate “bang for their buck”

Under “Salary” you will notice this years salary along with the “cap hit” courtesy of

The Phoenix Coyotes record at the time of this report is 14 – 4 – 3.

Phoenix Coyotes 2013-14 Forwards

Report Card Yotes fwds


The Phoenix Coyotes forwards for the first quarter of the season have been good.   I like the forward make up much better this season with the addition of Mike Ribeiro.  It really allows the Coyotes to put out two decent scoring lines.  Ribeiro’s presence has already been felt on the Coyotes much improved powerplay.  In today’s NHL special teams are very important and the Coyotes power-play has been a sore spot for a few seasons now.

Michael Boedker has been a bit of a disappointment for me as I really thought this was going to be a break-out year for him.  We are only twenty-one games in so maybe he can still prove me right !!!

The forth line is what it is.  It doesn’t matter who they are, just work hard, check and create energy.  There is no pressure to score just don’t get scored on.

None of the forwards received a grade lower than a “C”.  For the most part this unit has been fairly consistent.  The Phoenix Coyotes forwards are a hard working group that can be difficult to play against on most nights.  The strength of the Phoenix Coyotes is still on their blue-line and in the net.

Defenceman and Goaltender grades tomorrow.


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