Going into this season there was a question as to who would score for the Arizona Coyotes. Sure, Phil Kessel has been a consistent goalscorer throughout his career, and Carl Soderberg and Michael Grabner have reached the 20 goal plateau multiple times in the past. Pressure was also added to Keller, who freshly inked a big money extension. But after hovering near the bottom of the league last year, Arizona is currently tied at 19th in goals scored this season, getting offense from up and down the lineup.
Clayton Keller (0) - Derek Stepan (1) - Phil Kessel (2) = 3 goals
Conor Garland (4) - Christian Dvorak (4) - Nick Schmaltz (3) = 11 goals
Lawson Crouse (2) - Carl Soderberg (2) - Christian Fischer (0) = 4 goals
Vinnie Hinostroza (0) - Brad Richardson (0) - Michael Grabner (1) = 1 goal
Barrett Hayton = 0 goals
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) - Jason Demers (0) = 1 goal
Alex Goligoski (1) - Jakob Chychrun (1) = 2 goal
Ilya Lybushkin (0) - Kyle Capobianco (1) = 1 goal
Niklas Hjalmarsson (1) - Jordan Oesterle (0) = 1 goal
It should come as no surprise those who have been watching the games that the Coyotes second line has been scoring most of the Coyotes’ goals this season. Schmaltz, Dvorak, and Garland are currently the top 3 goalscorers for the Coyotes and are three of the top five point generators for the Coyotes.
The second line has unbelievable chemistry, and their early success better than anyone could have expected. Christian Dvorak had two seasons with 15 goals before being limited to 20 games last season, Schmaltz had one 21 goal season before being traded to the Coyotes, and in 47 games last season Garland had 13 goals. While these three players have shown flashes of brilliance in the past, few people would have expected them to have the success they are showing to start the season.
The Keller, Stepan, Kessel line is surprisingly slow, although they are still generating offense. While Keller has yet to find the back of the net, he leads the team with 7 assists, and he is second on the team in points. Stepan isn’t much of a goal scorer, having only one 20+ goal season, but until last season he could be counted on to bring at least 50 points in a season. And while Kessel has only scored twice, he seems to be becoming more comfortable with the Coyotes system and he is still on pace for another 20 goal season.
The third line has started generating more as of late with both Crouse and Soderberg getting goals against the Senators and Predators. Fischer is still looking for his first goal of the season, which isn’t great from a pending restricted free agent.
The biggest surprise may be the Coyotes fourth line. The fastest line the Coyotes have, the fourth line has only one goal on the season. Richardson led the team with 19 goals last season, while Grabner was limited to just 9 goals in 41 games due to an eye injury, so many would have expected more than one goal between the two. Hinostroza is also a pending restricted free agent without a goal on the season, which is surprising considering he had 16 goals last season and seemed poised to hit the 20 goal plateau this season.
It’s still early on, but the Coyotes have been getting more offense from their defensemen this season. The Coyotes brought in assistant coach Phil Housley in part to get more offense from the Coyotes stellar defense and to start of the season they have generated 20% of the Coyotes goals. Compare this to last season where the Coyotes 31 goals from defensemen accounted for 14.8% of the Coyotes 209 goals.