The Phoenix Coyotes have been the most improved team in the NHL throughout the past 5 seasons. With the 2011-2012 campaign starting, the Coyotes have never been so poised to make a Stanley Cup run. The team is revamped and ready to improve on their first round playoff exit last year. Like every season, the team lost a few players but the front office performed and brought in some talent and kept their young stars making the future bright for the Coyotes for years to come.
The Coyotes do appear to have the young talent and the top tier organization needed to consistently be a top team in the NHL. After the 2010-2011 season, the Coyotes lost their long time starting goalie in Ilya Bryzgalov when he left for the east coast and to play with the Capitals. He was a great goalie but the front office did it’s job and went out and found a few different goalies for the team. They acquired Mike Smith from Tampa Bay who is a young goalie with a tall build, which is rare to find in a goalie. He is best known for his ability to handle the puck like one of the best. The Coyotes are one of the youngest teams in the league but they do not lack the talent with the young age. There are multiple 18 year olds on the team who will need some development but while that is happening the Coyotes have the veteran talent and leadership to consistently make playoff runs for the years to come.
The team made some great signings and extensions over the off-season. These players such as defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Raffi Torres have many years left in their careers and Coyote fans should be excited for the future of this franchise.