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Ask FFH #2: looking into the crystal ball

Five For Howling's writers take a glimpse into the future of Henrik Samuelsson, the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, and John Scott's legacy in Sedona Red.

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After the rousing success that was the first edition of #AskFFH, we're back with more answers to your pressing Arizona Coyotes questions!

Answered by Brendan Porter, FFH Managing Editor:

This question to me implies that the City of Glendale really pays attention to what happens on the ice, and I'm pretty sure for the most part the City Council members all have other interests besides hockey.

The issues for opponents of the agreement have always been up-front cost and term. Even if Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel would have been a huge draw for fans in the Valley (and that's an open question in my mind), the optics of a $15 million annual payment to hockey execs for the next 12-13 years looks bad.

So ultimately, Glendale pulled the plug on the previous agreement because the opportunity presented itself, and because they believed IceArizona would either settle or lose in court. Would IceArizona's resolve have been stronger if they had landed a world-class star in the 2015 Draft? Possibly. But I don't think that would have been enough to stop Glendale.

Answered by Jack Carroll (aka Hockeysk8r), FFH Staff Writer:

Henrik Samuelsson has professional hockey in his blood lines. The former 27th overall pick of the Coyotes is the son of Ulf Samuelsson and the brother of Phillip, who the Coyotes acquired this year.

While scouts have criticized his skating, Henrik is a strong forward that wins battles along the boards and is a presence in front of the net. In addition, he has above average hockey sense and an element of nastiness to his game.

Using NHL equivalencies, we can put Samuelsson's scoring history into context. NHL equivalencies convert a prospect's PPG in a minor league into points per 82 games in the NHL. A NHLE of 30+ is a good sign that a prospect will be able to score in the league. Here are his numbers from the past three seasons:


28.5 NHLE in Draft+1 Year (WHL)
36 NHLE in Draft+2 Year (WHL)
21 NHLE in Draft +3 Year (AHL)


The next season will be critical for him to prove that he can continue to score in the AHL like he did in the WHL. The AHL is a significant step-up from major junior and it is understandable that a player would need to adjust. If he can put up an NHLE near 30 next year, then he will be back on track.


Henrik Samuelsson will very likely have a multiple-season NHL career. The question is whether it is as a bottom or top six forward. His solid pedigree of scoring in the WHL, coupled with a strong AHL showing this next year would bode well for his future in the league.

"What kind of tribute night are the Coyotes planning for John Scott?"

- Stace of Base, ex-editor of Battle of California and unfortunate San Jose Sharks fan.

Answered by Carl Putnam, FFH Editor Emeritus:

The team is throwing a huge fiesta over two days in his honor. They are even inviting the other 29 NHL clubs and their fans as well. The Sabres organization stepped up and has agreed to have the event at their place.

The party will be held on June 24th and 25th of 2016. Invites with specific instructions should be sent out starting in the middle of next April. There is also expected to be a really special door prize at the party.

The Desert Dogs, with Scott's help, are expected to buy a large number of raffle tickets to increase their odds of winning the prize. Rumor is the prize was birthed all the way back in 1997 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The prize will be on exhibition later this year in Zurich, Switzerland for those wishing for a sneak peek.

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Thanks for all of the great questions! And yours, Stace.

We'll be back again with a special Training Camp edition of #AskFFH on September 11th! Get your camp questions in early!