The Phoenix Coyotes are going to see some real changes this summer. They’ll need to re-evaluate certain aspects of this roster, particularly on offense, if they want to avoid missing out on the postseason for the second consecutive season.
Those changes will mean some free agents and players that they bring in via trade, but it could also mean increased role for players that are already on the roster. One player that could see his minutes with the club rise next season is Rob Klinkhammer.
Klinkhammer came over after the Coyotes signed him to a one-year deal as a free agent last summer. He was signed primarily as a depth forward, but saw an opportunity in the second half of the season. It was his first real opportunity at this level.
He definitely took advantage of it. With several forwards battling injuries, Klinkhammer was able to take advantage and turn into a pretty effective player for Phoenix. He ended up playing 22 games on the regular season, finishing with 11 points.
Prior to this season, he had played only 16 career games in a few years, with only two points, both assists to his name. He scored five goals and added six assists, along with a plus-7 rating. He was also an effective player in the physical game, ending the season with 65 hits in only 22 games.
The Coyotes signed Klinkhammer to a two-year contract last week. He could very well be in line for an increased role with the Coyotes this season. He’d be an asset to this club on a checking line. Regardless of where he ends up, he had a solid year with the Coyotes and certainly proved that he’s capable of playing and contributing at this level.