Performance, Health Of David Moss A Surprise For Phoenix Coyotes In 2013

By Randy Holt
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Overall, the 2013 season for the Phoenix Coyotes could be labeled a disappointment. That goes for the team as a whole, which failed to make the playoffs, as well as several individual players throughout the roster. But not everyone experienced a disappointment this season.

One of the positives for the Coyotes over this lockout-shortened campaign was David Moss. The fact that he was a positive relates both to his health and to his performance. There’s no doubt that signing Moss to a two-year deal last summer involved some risk for the Yotes.

It was one that ultimately paid off. Coming into the season, Moss hadn’t managed to play a completely healthy campaign since the 2008-2009 season, when he appeared in 81 games for the Calgary Flames. Since that point, he had managed game totals of just 64, 58, and 32, respectively.

This season, he managed to play in 45 of the Coyotes’ 48 games. He was one of only a few players for the club that was able to play in at least that many games, and luckily avoid any real health issues.

Even better than his health was his performance. The Coyotes aren’t exactly a team predicated around outstanding offense. But Moss was one of only six Coyotes forwards to break the 20-point mark in 2013, finishing with 20 on the dot. He finished the year with five goals and 15 helpers.

Had it been a full season, Moss very could have challenged his career high for points. He had 39 back in that completely health ’08-’09 season, which still stands as his career mark. In his second season with the Coyotes, he could very well challenge that mark.

That’s assuming he stays healthy. It’s one thing doing it in a season that takes place over the course of a couple of months. It’s going to be more of a challenge for Moss to do it in a full season next year. If he does, the 31-year-old could set some new career highs, and set himself up for a nice raise the following summer.

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