Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 14 Days

Christian Petersen

Today's edition of our preseason countdown takes a look at the man who skated three years with the Desert Dogs wearing the number 14, Taylor Pyatt.

For three seasons Taylor Pyatt wore the number 14 as he skated with the Phoenix Coyotes. While he wasn't known for being an offensive juggernaut, he could be counted on to score double-digit goals and rake up solid point totals.

Originally, Pyatt was drafted by the New York Islanders (8th overall) in the 1999 Draft, while playing for the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League. He only played with the Islanders for the 2000-01 season, where he went 4-14-18, and was ultimately traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Mike Peca. Pyatt went on to spend four seasons with the Sabres playing in 230 games and scoring 38 goals and 80 points before ultimately being traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver placed Pyatt on the top line with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin during his first year, which lead to career highs in goals and points for Pyatt. However, he was able to replicate his point total the following season despite not playing with the Sedins. After three seasons in Vancouver, the Canucks elected to not re-sign him. Two months after becoming an unrestricted free agent, Pyatt signed with the Coyotes in 2009.

Pyatt was a part of Coyotes history during a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 27, 2010. Not considered much of a fighter, Taylor Pyatt scored the game winning goal, recorded an assist and fought Chris Stewart in a night that saw the Yotes beat the Avalanche 6-2 and lead to the team clinching the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

Number 14 ended up not returning to the Coyotes after his three seasons in the desert, as he signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers, where he competes with Henrik Lundqvist over who has the prettiest eyes on the team.

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