The 2016-17 season wasn’t kind to the Captain. He started off a little slower than the others, considering his age, and had a few injuries that nagged him through the season as well. After coming off of an amazing year with 28 goals and 19 assists for 48 points for the then 39-year-old, he slid to 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points as a 40-year-old this past season. But the fans still love their Captain Coyote.
The Decline Of Captain Coyote
Most of the time, the numbers don’t say everything, but sometimes they do. Here is Doan’s hero chart from the last three seasons. His goals have slid to the 4th line production and his shots against as well, but he can still make plays.
I have also taken a look at Doan’s stats from this past season back to 2013-14 when he was coming back from hernia surgery and then Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Shane Doan’s Basic Stats from 2013-2017
His numbers are a bit all over the place but remember, for the three seasons prior to 2016-17, he was playing top/second line with Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker. The advanced numbers don’t tell the whole tale of Shane Doan, they never do.
Shane Doan has been with the organization since they were the Winnipeg Jets in 1995. He has been through so much in his career and is recognized by many in the hockey world as one of the best people and captains in the league. At 40 years old, most likely to be pushing 41 when the new season starts, we could have seen the last games of Shane Doan’s career this season.
The milestone of 1500 games and 400 goals on December 23rd, 2016 will be something no one should forget. He is third in active games played at the moment, behind his good friend Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr.
Doan also holds another milestone that many people haven’t thought about. He is fourth in games played with one franchise with 1540, just behind Detroit Red Wings greats Alex Delvecchio (1549 games), Nicklas Lidstrom (1564 games), and Gordie Howe (an amazing 1687 games).
This type of hockey player is hard to find nowadays. Brought up through the system, stayed in the NHL, and loyal to a team for their whole career. Many will leave for more money, a change of scenery, forced to be traded due to salary. Doan decided to come back to Arizona because it's his home.
If we have witnessed the end of his career, I would call this season a solid B-/C. He wasn’t as productive as he was the year before, but was battling injuries. He was upset when they traded Martin Hanzal at the deadline and we all thought that was it.
Shane Doan is a family man, a rink rat, and a just a guy who loves playing hockey. He would be the first to tell you his season didn’t go well, but now he has a bigger choice to make: one more season or to hang up his skates?
The grades of all the other Coyotes players can be found on our master post here.
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