Fantasy Hockey 2012-2013: Phoenix Coyotes Centers
Gibert Brule & Daymond Langkow
In the final installment of Phoenix Coyotes Fantasy Hockey Preview, Centers will be discussed. The Coyotes lost full-time center Daymond Langkow and part-time center Gilbert Brule. Up first is a center that was acquired at the trade deadline last season, Antoine Vermette.
Vermette had 10 points in 22 games for the Coyotes last season. Between Columbus and Phoenix last season, Vermette scored 11 goals and had 37 points. Vermette has scored 19 or more goals five times in his eight year career. His best season was in 08-09 when he scored 27 goals and 65 points. Vermette exploded in the playoffs leading all Coyotes players in scoring. Given a full season, Vermette should approach the 20 goal plateau once again.
Hanzal failed to score double-digit goals for the first time since his rookie season, last year. Part of the reason his goal totals suffered is because he missed 17 games last season. Injuries are always a concern for Hanzal who has missed 37 games over the previous two seasons. Given a full season, 12 goals and 40 points are definitely in reach for the 6’5” center.
Boyd Gordon set career highs in goals (8), games played (75), blocked shots (86) and shots on goal (114) during his first season in Phoenix. Gordon was among the league leaders in blocked shots by a forward last season. Gordon had 23 points and a plus-9 rating last season. Given a full season, Gordon can hover around the 25-30 point mark while providing help in blocked shots and short-handed points.
Another first year Coyote at center was Kyle Chipchura. Chipchura scored three goals and had 16 points in 53 games played last season. Chipchura set career highs in assists (13), points (16), +/- (+2) and hits (67) last season. Chipchura will always be a better player on the ice than he is in fantasy. Fantasy Owners should not expect more than 15-18 points in a season for Chipper.