Arizona Coyotes Training Camp Preview
The Arizona Coyotes were a very young team last season and they will add more young pieces to the squad this season. Arizona struggled in the beginning, but they played better as the season went on. Shane Doan is no longer with the Coyotes and they are going to have to find a new captain and it will most likely be Derek Stepan.
Rick Tocchet is the new head coach for this team. He was an assistant with Mike Sullivan in Pittsburgh for the past couple of seasons. Tocchet hopes to use some of the same approaches in Arizona like Sullivan did in Pittsburgh.
Arizona has the potential to become a very good team one day. They have speed and skill and it is the kind of game Tocchet wants them to play, but he also wants them to play with some force and power as well.
Projected lines: Line 1: Max Domi-Derek Stepan-Anthony Duclair
Line 2: Clayton Keller-Dylan Strome-Tobias Rieder
Line 3: Brendan Perlini-Christian Dvorak-Jamie McGinn
Line 4: Lawson Crouse-Nick Cousins-Jordan Martinook
Defense 1: Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Defense 2: Alex Goligoski-Jakob Chychrun
Defense 3: Kevin Cannauton-Luke Schenn
Antti Raanta will be the starting goalie. Louis Domingue will be the backup.
Expect these players to step up in case of injury: Brad Richardson and Adam Clendening.
The Coyotes could compete for a wild card spot this season. They are still two to three years away from being serious contenders.