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

Doug Pensinger

Round 2 continues with the 2- vs. 3-seed match-up of Peter Mueller against Trevor Letowski for a spot in the final round.

Round two continues with Peter Mueller taking on Trevor Letowski for the last spot in the final round of the best rookie season in Phoenix Coyotes history tournament. The winner of this match-up will take on Keith Ballard beginning on Monday.

Reminder: Voting will be open for 48 hours and the winner of the match-up will be announced via FFH's Facebook and Twitter. For a full list of rules and criteria, click here.

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As round two is in full swing, let's take a look back at the cases for both the 2-seed Mueller and the 3-seed Letowski.

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 Letowski

While Letowski got his first taste of the NHL in 1998, he did not play enough games to lose rookie eligibility. The following season, the Ontario native played all 82 games with the Coyotes. Letowski racked up 19 goals and 39 points, including multiple power play, short-handed and game-winning goals.

Letowski would eventually play some center in the NHL, but he was strictly a wing as a rookie. His rookie year remains the best season of his career as he scored career highs in goals, assists, points, games played and short-handed points.

GP G A P STP SOG
82 19 20 39 11 125
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