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Player Grades 2017: A Recap of the 2016-17 Season Player Grades

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We take a look at the player grades as a whole, writers vs. readers.

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Editors Note: We are now going into the most exciting two weeks of the offseason.

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The NHL Draft is June 23rd and 24th, which rolls into prospect development camp for the Coyotes June 26th-30th at AZ Ice Peoria, and then Free Agency on July 1st.

We could see a lot of movement or no movement, you never know with this time of year.

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Over the last two months, we have been looking at each player from the Arizona Coyotes and grading them how the writers saw them as part of the team. Below are the results!

Player’s Grades (Before Sort)

Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Alex Burmistrov B+ B
Jakob Chychrun A- A
Kevin Connauton D C
Lawson Crouse B+ B
Anthony DeAngelo C B
Shane Doan B- C
Max Domi B- B
Louis Domingue C+ C
Anthony Duclair D- F
Christian Dvorak A+ A
Oliver Ekman-Larsson C B
Christian Fischer B+ B
Alex Goligoski B+ B
Peter Holland D+ D
Josh Jooris D+ C
Clayton Keller A A
Jordan Martinook A- A
Jamie McGinn C+ D
Zbynek Michalek A+ Z... is my Fav
Connor Murphy C C
Brendan Perlini A- A-
Teemu Pulkkinen B- C
Brad Richardson I (Incomplete) H (high hopes)
Tobias Rieder A- A
Luke Schenn B+ B
Mike Smith B- B
Dylan Strome A A
Radim Vrbata A+ A+

That’s just the rough list. Now, sorted from A-Z grade-wise, from the Writers POV, the Best to Worst Coyotes.

Writer’s Sorted Table

Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Clayton Keller A A
Dylan Strome A A
Brendan Perlini A- A-
Jakob Chychrun A- A
Jordan Martinook A- A
Tobias Rieder A- A
Christian Dvorak A+ A
Radim Vrbata A+ A+
Zbynek Michalek A+ Z... is my Fav
Max Domi B- B
Mike Smith B- B
Shane Doan B- C
Teemu Pulkkinen B- C
Alex Burmistrov B+ B
Alex Goligoski B+ B
Christian Fischer B+ B
Lawson Crouse B+ B
Luke Schenn B+ B
Anthony DeAngelo C B
Connor Murphy C C
Oliver Ekman-Larsson C B
Jamie McGinn C+ D
Louis Domingue C+ C
Kevin Connauton D C
Anthony Duclair D- F
Josh Jooris D+ C
Peter Holland D+ D
Brad Richardson I (Incomplete) H (high hopes)

There are many differences between that list and the fan vote list when it comes to the lower grades.

Fan Vote Version

Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Name Writer Grade Poll Grade
Clayton Keller A A
Dylan Strome A A
Jakob Chychrun A- A
Jordan Martinook A- A
Tobias Rieder A- A
Christian Dvorak A+ A
Brendan Perlini A- A-
Radim Vrbata A+ A+
Max Domi B- B
Mike Smith B- B
Alex Burmistrov B+ B
Alex Goligoski B+ B
Christian Fischer B+ B
Lawson Crouse B+ B
Luke Schenn B+ B
Anthony DeAngelo C B
Oliver Ekman-Larsson C B
Shane Doan B- C
Teemu Pulkkinen B- C
Connor Murphy C C
Louis Domingue C+ C
Kevin Connauton D C
Josh Jooris D+ C
Jamie McGinn C+ D
Peter Holland D+ D
Anthony Duclair D- F
Brad Richardson I (Incomplete) H (high hopes)
Zbynek Michalek A+ Z... is my Fav

None of this is scientific or hard accurate data about each player, but it’s sort of interesting to see how each player reads with each fan. (Even if we did rig the vote like...three or four times).

The Coyotes of 2016-2017 are a team we will not forget for a while, even if we want to sometimes. With the Highs and Lows, I think we can all agree, the Coyotes have nowhere to go but up.

Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you out at development camp in two weeks. The full details of the camp schedule can be found here.