Who Had The Best Rookie Season in Phoenix Coyotes History? Mueller vs. Kolanos

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Our tournament to determine who had the best rookie season in Coyotes history continues with the final match-up of round 1.

The tournament continues after Trevor Letowski defeated Branko Radivojevic in the 3- vs. 6-seed match-up of round one, after receiving 85 percent of the vote.

Rules: Voting will be open for 48 hours and the winner of the match-up will be announced via FFH's Facebook and Twitter. The winner of this match-up will move on to the second round. For a full list of rules and criteria, click here.

Today's match-up, the final match-up of round one, features the 2-seed Peter Mueller vs. the 7-seed Krys Kolanos.

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Today's match-up features the top rookie scorer on this list vs. the top rookie moment in Coyotes history. Is one great moment enough to overtake a full season of success? You decide.

Case for Mueller

When Mueller entered the NHL in 2007, he instantly made an offensive impact. Mueller leads all rookies on this list in goals, assists, points, shots and special teams points. He played in all but one game his rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 54 points.

The former first rounder has not been able to replicate the success he had in his rookie season; a season which still holds his career highs in every major statistical category.

GP G A P STP SOG FO%
81 22 32 54 22 201 41.8%


Case for Kolanos

Kolanos played 57 games as a rookie during the 2001-2002 season. While still playing on the ice in downtown Phoenix, Kolanos scored 11 goals, nearly half of which were game-winners, and 22 points that season. Like Mueller, Kolanos' rookie year remains the best statistical season of his career.

However, Kolanos was the centerpiece of one of the greatest moments in Coyotes history, the penalty shot.


It is a moment that is talked about to this day.

GP G A P STP SOG FO%
57 11 11 22 1 81 46.4%
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