Ramblings – Digging deep on the Coyotes, Roslovic vs. Jenner, Caufield, Petry, Asplund and more (Nov 01)

Dobber

2021-11-01

The Arizona Coyotes are so terrible that the only way they are getting wins is if their goalie steals one. Since Carter Hutton will never do that, it falls on either Karel Vejmelka or Ivan Prosvetov. And as much as I like Prosvetov as a prospect, I think he's two years away from being a serious NHL goaltender. So it falls on the newbie – Vejmelka. After picking up a Quality Start on Friday with just one goal allowed on 31 shots, Vejmelka carried a 1-1 tie (on 35 shots at the time) into the last five minutes of regulation before giving up a PP goal. He ended up allowing two goals on 39 shots. So he's stopped 67 of 70 shots and has zero wins to show for it. Vejmelka has a 0.950 SV% at even strength in seven appearances this season. As I've noted here before, leagues that use only wins and shutouts as their goalie categories will have absolutely no use for him.

Next season the 'Yotes will almost certainly have Shane Wright or Ivan Miroshnichenko on their team. And they have a wide-open roster and budget. Phil Kessel, Loui Eriksson, Dmitrij Jaskin, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Johan Larsson, Liam O'Brien, Travis Boyd, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Galchenyuk, Carter Hutton, Anton Stralman and Ilya Lyubushkin are all set to be UFA! Of those, they'll be able to trade Phil Kessel. Hopefully, Kessel picks it up enough to land them a prospect and a pick. But if he continues as he is (which is to barely get 10 goals and 35 points), they'll be lucky to get a late-rounder for him. They also hope Jaskin can impress the league enough to gain some value. They may get middling picks for some of their character guys like Beagle or Larsson.

But essentially, the Coyotes are going to roll into next year with Wright (or Miroshnichenko), Dylan Guenther, Barrett Hayton, Jakob Chychrun, Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, Conor Timmons, Victor Soderstrom, Jan Jenik,