Despite the fact that reality hockey is still locked out, fantasy hockey drafts are still being completed as scheduled. In earlier fantasy articles, Phoenix Coyotes left wings, defensemen and goaltenders were discussed. Today, Coyotes right wingers will be analyzed.
The most prominent Coyote forward in fantasy hockey last season was Radim Vrbata. Vrbata was ranked the 33rd best player in all of fantasy last season. He scored 35 goals and 62 points while having a +24 rating last season. Vrbata provided 17 power play points and led the league with 12 game-winning goals. The loss of Ray Whitney to the Dallas Stars could adversely affect Vrbata’s numbers this season but, he has averaged 26 goals and 52 points per season in his career with the Coyotes.
Before Vrbata and Whitney warmed their way into the hearts of fantasy owners the last couple years, Shane Doan used to be the only Coyote forward owned in many fantasy leagues. Doan scored 22 goals and 50 points last season. Doan has not scored less than 20 goals and 49 points in a season since the 1998-1999 season.
Even as Doan ages (he will be 36 in October) he is a lock for 20 goals given a full season. If your league uses the hits category, he will help your team there as well. Doan has 531 hits over the previous three seasons. Doan, -8, was a minus player for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Doan should be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
The wildcard of the bunch is newly acquired forward David Moss. Moss has had his injury issues as he’s averaged only 53 games played per season in his career. Moss had two goals and nine points in 32 games last season with Calgary. Moss has scored 20 goals in a season before and has the potential to do so again, if healthy.
Moss could be a good pickup mid-season and can contribute around 20 goals and 40 points in a full season. Moss has 26 career power play points and should see power play time with the Coyotes. Given a full season, Moss can top the 100 hits mark as well.