Fun with numbers: A look at Coyotes on pace for career years

Fun with numbers: A look at Coyotes on pace for career years

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Forward Mikkel Boedker should smash all of his previous best numbers (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


by Brad Denny

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 2:11 PM

PHOENIX -- Last Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was the Phoenix Coyotes' 41st game of the season, marking exact halfway point of the season.

While the team has slowed down from the torrid pace from the start of the year, the Coyotes' 49 points at the 41-game mark are the franchise's third-best since moving to Phoenix.

With the team still very much in the playoff hunt, many of the players are in the midst of potential career years with their on-ice production.

Let's take a look at the Coyotes challenging their previous best efforts and what they've produced through the first 41 games of the 2013-2014 season.

Mikkel Boedker: 12 goals, 15 assists, 27 points this season

Boedker notched his 12th goal of the year last Friday against Philadelphia, which set a new career-high. He's also just one point away from tying his career-best in points, set in 2008-2009.

Martin Hanzal: 11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points

Hanzal's strong start to the year has him in line for a career year. The newest member of the Czech Olympic team needs just six goals and eight points over the final 41 games to break his previous bests. 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: 4 goals, 18 assists, 22 points

OEL should be able to register the 11 points he needs to break his career-best 32 points from 2011-2012.

Keith Yandle: 6 goals, 22 assists, 28 points

One of the bigger snubs from Team USA is nevertheless having a fine offensive year. Should he put up another six goals, he'd tie his career-high from 2009-2010 and reach double-digits in goals for the fifth straight year. He's also a hot streak away from getting on pace to break his 58 points from 2010-2011.

Antoine Vermette: 12 goals, 11 assists, 23 points

Arguably the team's first half MVP, Vermette has three power play goals on the year. Replicating that effort over the second half would tie his career-best of six set with the Blue Jackets in 2009-2010.

Radim Vrbata: 11 goals, 18 assists, 29 points

A strong second half would put him in striking distance of his career-high point total of 62 from 2011-2012. With five power play goals, Vrbata is also in position to challenge his high-mark of 10 from 2010-2011.

Paul Bissonnette: 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points

Biz Nasty's goal on December 14th was his 6th point of the year, tying last year's career-high, so he just needs one more over the back half to set a new high.

Kyle Chipchura: 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points, 30 PIM

The gritty Chipchura has a shot at challenging his 16 points and 56 PIM from 2011-2012.

Thomas Greiss: 5 wins, .930 save percentage, 2.13 GAA

Greiss won nine games for the 2011-2012 Sharks, and could be in line to hit double digits in that category for the first time this year. His save percentage and GAA marks are both career-bests by a wide margin.

A few guys have already hit their previous marks, thanks to regular ice-time for the first time in their young careers.

Michael Stone: 7 goals, 10 points

Rob Klinkhammer: 8 goals, 7 assists, 15 points