Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Taking Control

By Colin Likas
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 17, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) checks Arizona Coyotes forward Ryan White (25) during the third period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 17, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) checks Arizona Coyotes forward Ryan White (25) during the third period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 28: Arizona Coyotes

Previous: 30th

Season record: 6-9-2 (14 points)

The Coyotes, not the Canucks, are bringing up the rear in the Western Conference. But at least Arizona is coming off a victory, dispatching San Jose 3-2 on Saturday.

The youth movement that showed some promising signs last season hasn’t gotten rolling yet in 2016-17. Part of the reason for this is some of those promising signs are now struggling. And another part is the goaltending has been hurt (Mike Smith) or mediocre (Louis Domingue).

After Max Domi’s 13 points and Jordan Martinook’s 10, though, things are rough for the youngsters. Oliver Ekman-Larsson boasts just eight points. Same for Tobias Rieder. Jakob Chychrun has five. Connor Murphy has four. Anthony Duclair and Michael Stone have three apiece.

These are key players for the organization’s present and future. They all need to pick it up at some point or another for Arizona to rise in the standings.

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