The 2010-11 season produced a playoff berth for the Phoenix Coyotes, but one that ended poorly, in a sweep at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. With that bitter defeat in mind, and having conceded 18 goals in those four games, toughness seemed to be the foremost goal at the draft table. The offensive flair the Coyotes have added in recent years is missing, but some of these players have indeed gone on to help the franchise’s cause.
At some point, every hockey team determines who will wear the “C”. Whether it is a coach’s decision or one made by the players, a team captain plays an important leadership role both on and off the ice. For Sam Ruopp, the honor and responsibility came at a rather young age during his WHL career. Read more»
It has been a season of upheaval for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as they had three head coaches in less than six months. Longtime head coach John Hynes left to become head coach of the New Jersey Devils and Mike Sullivan took over the reins. The Penguins then fired their NHL bench boss Mike Johnston, prompting the organization to promote Sullivan to take over as head coach at the NHL level. Assistant coach Jay Leach has since taken over the head coaching duties for the Penguins AHL affiliate. Read more»
Due to a series of graduations, trades, and lackluster player development over the past few years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a relatively depleted pool of prospects. There are several players with high-end potential, most notably 2015 second-round pick Daniel Sprong, who opened the 2015-16 season on the Penguins NHL roster. Otherwise, the Penguins system is predominantly made up of players who project as either depth guys in the NHL or career minor-leaguers. Read more»