Coyotes pre-season outlook

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    Fortunately in the desert, you don't get the media push that the bigger markets face. Phoenix has utlizied this to consistently use draft to acquire solid young talent over the last number of years. It appears this may be the time the Coyotes' finally see a constant flow of talent entering the NHL, and the HFNHL Rosters.

    The Coyotes have 14 forwards on NHL rosters to open the season, highlighted by Phil Kessel with 3 goals, and 5 points through 2 games. It also includes top young talent such as Tyler Ennis, Matt Calvert, Cody Hodgson, and last year's 1st round pick Mika Zibanejad, who the Coyotes' boldly predicted at the time, would make the NHL as an 18 year old.

    Sticking with the theme of maintaining a strong blueline, the Coyotes have 10 defensemen open the season on NHL rosters. This group is highlighted by top offensive defenceman Keith Yandle who cashed in on a big 4 year contract, and young offensive talent such as Jonathon Blum and Dmitry Kulikov.

    In goal, the Coyotes have a strong tandem of Steve Mason and Brent Johnson. The addition of Johnson gives the Coyotes a top back-up, and someone who could fill in the starter role should Mason get hurt. It also takes some of the weight off Mason's shoulders, as Johnson should allow the Coyotes' to feel more comfortable giving Mason the night off, knowing they have two capable goaltenders.

    This could finally be the year the HFNHL playoffs return to the desert. The Coyotes have stated that this is their main goal, but won't hesitate to make moves based on the direction the team is going in.

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