Phoenix Coyotes Mid-Term Grades: Forwards

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Phoenix Coyotes Mid-Term Report Card for the Forwards —

This 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 couldn’t 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.

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 year’s salary along with the “cap hit” courtesy of  

The Phoenix Coyotes record at the time of this report is 20 – 12 – 9.

Phoenix Coyotes 2013-14 Forwards

The Phoenix Coyotes forwards for the first half of the season have been good.   This team doesn’t have any big name superstars up front but the Phoenix Coyotes score by committee and they have been consistently in the top five or six in “Team Scoring” all season.  This is quite an accomplishment for this group.

PHX midtern Jan2014

Michael Boedker was better in the second quarter of the season and he is starting to get a little more comfortable in his “Top 6” role.  The good news is he is on pace for his best season as a Coyote.

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.

The forwards, for the most part have been fairly consistent.  This group was really tested when they were without their Captain Shane Doan in the month of December, especially on the road.  Goals were much harder to come by. 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 on Sunday.


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