Phoenix Coyotes: BT’s 10 Bold (or Not-So-Bold) 2010-11 NHL Predictions

October 7th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Coyotes were another one of the NHL's feel-good stories last year.

Topping the NHL's Endangered Species list ( that one wasn't disgustingly overused last year...or ever), the Coyotes put together a great season based around the play of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

You could say that a 100-point season is an accomplishment (and it is), but for any team to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, it's a necessity—one that the Coyotes will have to repeat this year if they want to be playing into spring.

Phoenix suffered a glaring loss in top centre Matthew Lombardi making his way to Nashville. While Ray Whitney will offset the loss in production, missing that key piece on the top line is no way to go through a season.

A season that should certainly be interesting in the desert...


1) Eric Belanger Holds Down the Top Centre's Job

Is he ideal? No, but Belanger brings grit and two-way ability to the role, which augments the tough-as-nails Shane Done and the rebounding Wojtek Wolski perfectly. He finds a way to stay on the top line this year through hard work and moxie (I always ...

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