Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Arizona Coyotes
For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 17th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.
Gone – Josh Archibald, Mario Kempe, Nick Cousins, Calvin Pickard, Richard Panik, Alex Galchenyuk, Kevin Connauton
Incoming – Phil Kessel, Carl Soderberg
Impact of changes – Whoa. That’s a nice shift in personnel. Upgrading Galchenyuk to Kessel should add one or two goals (ya think?). And Soderberg certainly upgrades the offense that Panik brought. Together they give the team a legitimate first line with Kessel, and a real good third line with Soderberg. The power play gets a jump start too, of course. A healthy and successful return from goaltender Antti Raanta would get this team back on the right path.
Kessel’s presence should upgrade Derek Stepan’s production to at least (former Kessel sidekick) Tyler Bozak levels and inject life back into future stud Clayton Keller. It also gives the second line more breathing room, and I’ve already commented on the improved third line. Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza,