Phoenix Coyotes Year End Grades: Forwards

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Phoenix Coyotes Year End Report Card for the Forwards —

Most grading systems I’ve seen just do a basic grading of the forwards, the defencemen and the goaltending in groups.  I wanted to try something different by evaluating each player based only on his play and then evaluating his play based on his salary.  This is not very scientific and at times not very fair.  After years of coaching and scouting, I just look at the game a little differently than I used to as a fan.    

My Criteria

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 or “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.

With NHL salaries now readily available to anyone, it has now opened up the players to public scrutiny so 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 lightly. 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 on 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” column, you will notice this years salary along with the “cap hit” courtesy of 

Phoenix Coyotes 2013-14 Forwards

The Phoenix Coyotes forwards in the second half of the season were very inconsistent and struggled at key times down the stretch.  This team doesn’t have the big name superstars up front and need scoring contributions from all lines.  Would a goal here or there have made a difference getting the Yotes into the playoffs?  YES    

Michael Boedker made strides this season and should only get better.  I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling as a pro.  2013-14 was his best offensive season as a Coyote.  

Mike Ribeiro’s production slowed down in the second half of the season but I think he’ll rebound with a solid 2014-15 season.

Overall my grades for the forwards were were very average.  Nothing great and nothing real bad.

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Defenceman and Goaltender grades next.


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