As the offseason gets underway for the Phoenix Coyotes, we already know that they’ll have quite a lot of work to do in regard to their free agents. Some of their players set to hit the market, whether unrestricted or restricted, will carry a much higher priority than others.
One player that will fall on the higher priority side is going to be forward Mikkel Boedker. It’s hard to believe that this summer will see Boedker sign the third contract of his career, given that he’s just 23 years old. He signed a two-year deal prior to the 2011-2012 season after his entry-level deal expired.
Boedker has been one of the more frustrating players for the Coyotes in his time with the organization, but that’s no fault of his own. His inconsistent playing time between the Coyotes and the minor leagues certainly hampered his development.
The past couple of years have seen Boedker take some pretty good strides as a player, though. This year was a career year for him. He finished with 25 points in 46 games, which would have easily led to a career high for points if this was a full season.
That doesn’t mean that he’s done developing as a player, though. No one is projecting him to be a superstar, but his incredible speed, combined with a physical game that most would not expect in someone his size, make him a very effective player.
Which means that bringing back Mikkel Boedker is going to be a very large priority for the Phoenix Coyotes this summer. He’s already a top six player for this team and is the type of offensive weapon that this team cannot afford to lose. Phoenix would be wise to bring him back before he hits the market, as several teams could have interest this offseason.