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

Our tournament to determine who had the best rookie season in Coyotes history continues with two seasons more than a decade old.

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The tournament continues after Martin Hanzal defeated Mikkel Boedker in the 4- vs. 5-seed match-up of round one, after receiving 53 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 features the 3-seed Trevor Letowski vs. the 6-seed Branko Radivojevic.


Today's match-up features two rookie seasons that began on the ice of America West Arena in downtown Phoenix. It has been awhile since these two men were rookies, but their impact should not be forgotten. Both men set multiple career highs in their rookie seasons as well.

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.

82 19 20 39 11 125

Case for Radivojevic

Like Letowski, Radivojevic had a cup of coffee in the NHL the year prior to the season on the list. During the 2002-2003 season, the 6' 2" winger scored 12 goals and 27 points in 79 games.

Radivojevic's rookie season still holds his career highs in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals; and could be considered the best year of his career..

79 12 15 27 2 109