Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/23/14 at 07:11 PM ET
from Adam Green of Arizona Sports,
(Don) Maloney said turning to players like the 19-year-old Domi and 20-year-old Samuelsson may mean accepting the types of miscues that come with younger players, but feels like both have proven they're ready to contend for an NHL roster spot.
(Max) Domi, a center, tallied 93 points (34 goals, 59 assists) along with 90 penalty minutes for the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights last year, posting a +24 in the process. (Henrik) Samuelsson, also a center, earned 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists), 97 PIMs and a +35 for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League....
Of the team's top eight scorers last season, four are at least 31 or older. The emergence of Mikkel Boedker, who poured in 51 points, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who chipped in 44, give the team reason for optimism, but it wouldn't hurt to have more youth come through the pipeline as the team moves into a different era.
And if it sounds like the Coyotes are looking to undergo a bit of a youth movement, well, Maloney said that's not exactly inaccurate, but there's more to it than that.
"If you look at where we have been the last four years prior to our ownership group taking over, it was all about survival; nothing more, nothing less," he said, adding that he's not sure if that's even a bad thing, having a minimum expectation of reaching the playoffs. "And now I think, this is more we've had the same sort of group for a number of years. We can't be satisfied with where we're at, and even though we just missed we still missed, so we're looking hard."
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