Yesterday we had the heavy topics going. Today? Today, we are talking about our favorite moment of the season. Feel free to discuss yours in the comments below. Time for a big Coyotes love fest.
There were many moments that stood out to me this season. Getting to see Shane Doan’s 400th Goal in his 1500th game was amazing. To be there was something I never thought about before. With this possibly being his last season, I cherish each memory of his highlight goals and games.
Seeing the rookies develop. This season didn’t have a lot of high points, and a lot of our players started slow, but by the end of the season, most of the positives were the solid play from Christian Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, and Jakob Chychrun. Hopefully, this is just the start of good things to come from that young crop.
A difficult decision… but perhaps Mike Smith’s All-Star goal? I feel like that moment had the whole hockey world talking about the Arizona Coyotes in a positive light for a few days, our awful record was forgotten, and Canadian fans temporarily made peace with the team in the desert. It was a real feel-good moment.
My favorite moment of the season was Connor Murphy’s OT goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s no secret that Murphy struggled a bit offensively this year, so to see him score his first goal of the season, and first career OT goal, against the defending Stanley Cup champions certainly was special. It was also a high point of morale for the team.
Clayton Keller's debut. So cool to see veterans and young players alike welcome the baby-faced second coming of Patrick Kane to the team for his first NHL game.
Max Domi one-punching Ryan Kesler.
My favorite moment was when Max Domi took on Ryan Kessler and didn't take any crap from him. I love his grit and toughness.
My favorite moment from this season was Lawson Crouse in his first NHL fight against PK Subban and getting the takedown. Crouse, to me, was the perfect, quiet role player for the Coyotes. He was an under-the-radar rookie who, if he continues to learn how to use his size, will become a monster of a power forward/grinder and that fight seemed like it sparked him to realize his size and strength more.
Eliminating the Kings from playoff contention. I’m still bent out of shape about the no-call on Dustin Brown’s kneeing of Michal Rozsival in the 2012 Conference Finals. So, anything that inflicts pain on that organization, I’m all for.
Watching the transformation of Christian Dvorak, from a kid who looked overwhelmed at the beginning of the season, to becoming one of our best players and taking on first-line center duty without missing a step. While his offensive development gets a lot of attention (I think Tyson Nash mentioned he was the third-highest scoring rookie after February), his defensive game quietly developed as well. He reminds me of another prestigious Coyote - Pavel Datsyuk - but with greater speed. The development of Lawson Crouse gets an honorable mention as an unexpected positive this season.
Any year not spent in the playoffs is tough. And while I could choose any of the young guns, to me, watching Christian Dvorak was the most exciting storyline I witnessed this season. He looks extremely exciting moving forward, and hopefully he can develop into the top center this team so desperately needs.
Clayton Keller’s ice-in-veins first step onto NHL ice. He stepped on, realized the rest of the team had left him behind, curled around the net, and roofed one without a second thought.
At that point, you knew the kid was more than ready for the NHL.
I absolutely loved seeing Craig Cunningham drop the puck on Fan Appreciation Night. Cunningham’s medical emergency came as a body-blow in an already frustrating season, and getting a bit of closure out of that was wonderful. #CunnyDid