As the latest team to be run by a analytic wunderkind, every hockey fan who’d like to see the game move forward in any way, there is some investment in the success of the Arizona Coyotes. With some smart summer moves (not necessarily Hjalmarsson), the Yotes are going to be some people’s pick to surprise. They’re not there yet, or at least don’t look it, but they’re finally trending up. Whether they can get anyone to care in the desert is a question that’s gone on far too long and will never die.
’16-’17 Record: 30-42-10 70 points (6th in Pacific)
Team Stats 5v5: 45.0 CF% (30th) 44.9 SF% (30th) 42.6 SCF% (30th) 7.2 SH% (20th) .924 SV% (12th)
Special Teams: 16.1 PP% (26th) 77.3 PK% (27th)