The season started off so well for Brad Richardson, as he was on pace for career highs in goals and assists. Then on November 17th, it all went wrong for the 32-year-old veteran center for the Coyotes.
While playing against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, Richardson was involved in a hit that led to an awkward fall that fractured his right tibia and fibula. The fractures required surgery and months of rehab. Despite some signs that he would be able to return to play this season, his recovery took another route. It was reported that Richardson wouldn’t be returning with only four games left in the 2016-17 season.
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Losing him highlighted the lack of NHL-ready center options in the Coyotes organization, but one bright spot was rookie Christian Dvorak, who stepped up his game throughout the season. Replacing Richardson’s experience proved to be much more difficult, which caused General Manager John Chayka to acquire Peter Holland, Josh Jooris, and Alexander Burmistrov.
Eventually, the newcomers and rookies were able to compensate for the loss, but the early chaos in the lineup showed the pivotal role that Richardson plays on the team. His absence was noticed not only in the lineup, but also in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill.
The only grade one could give Richardson for the season-that-wasn’t is an I for incomplete. Fans are left hoping Richardson’s recovery and training this offseason will have him back to form and on track for another season of career highs.
The grades of all the other Coyotes players can be found on our master post here.
What Grade Would You Give Brad Richardson?
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H for high hopes for next season
I for incomplete