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This is the fourth Coyotes prospect report of the 2022-23 season. To read the previous ones, use the keywords “prospect report” in your search at gophnx.com. Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong was a guest on the PHNX Coyotes show on Monday. Among the myriad topics we discussed was player development and the staff that is now in place to shepherd the ever-growing…...

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Sixteen-year-old Connor Ingram was sitting in Mrs. Thurber’s chemistry class in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan when his phone rang. It was Flin Flon coach/GM Mike Reagan. “Both their goalies were late to the morning skate so the coach asks me, ‘You want to play in Nipawin tonight?'” Ingram said. “I said, ‘Of course I do!'” There are only three outposts in all of Canadian junior hockey at the A level or higher that are farther north than Flin Flon, a city located on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border that produced Hall of Famer Bobby Clark and was expecting a high of 7 degrees on Thursday. “The only other game I played up there was as a backup,” Ingram said of the Saskatchewan Junior…

Alex Ovechkin calls the goal he scored in Glendale during his rookie season his favorite.

Alex Ovechkin has scored a lot of big goals. That will happen when you play 18 NHL seasons and put 882 pucks in the net between the regular season and the postseason.  There was this ridiculous goal that he scored against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 20, 2014. There was the OT winner that he scored on May 1, 2018 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That goal eventually helped the Capitals eliminate the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, shed the label of a team that could not escape the second round of the playoffs, and ignite a run to the franchise’s only Stanley Cup.  There have been electrifying individual efforts, 294 power-play goals — many of them scored from Ovi’s…

Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness

When Rick Bowness stepped down as coach of the Dallas Stars in May, almost everyone, including Bowness, assumed that this was the end of the line for the 67-year-old coach. He had coached in the NHL for four decades. He had served 13 of those as a head coach with Winnipeg, Boston, Ottawa, the New York Islanders, Phoenix and Dallas, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final with the Stars in 2020. It was time to retire to Scottsdale where his son, Ryan — then the director of pro scouting for the Pittsburgh Penguins — kept a house.  Eight months later, Rick is back in the place where he got his first NHL head coaching gig and the Jets are one…

The Coyotes' Jack McBain.

Up until the past seven games, the Coyotes had exceeded most external expectations. They were as close to a playoff spot as they were to the NHL basement. Their middle core was showing further signs of progress. Goaltender Karel Vejmelka was among the league leaders in goals saved above expected. They were beating elite teams and they were winning with shocking regularity at Mullett Arena.  The chances of landing Connor Bedard at the 2023 NHL Draft — or even Adam Fantilli or Leo Carlsson — seemed remote. When the Coyotes hit the midpoint of the 2022-23 season in their 41st game, a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Tempe on Thursday, the view was more of an expected one.…

Jakob Chychrun changed his sticks for the Coyotes’ last game against the San José Sharks. He wasn’t happy with the accuracy and velocity of his shots.  “I’ve had so many looks that I usually capitalize on that I haven’t been this year, which has been a bit frustrating,” Chychrun said of his switch to the CCM Pro stock Jetspeed. “I...

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Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Coyotes.

Jake Guentzel doesn’t need approval from his dad, Mike, who is a pro scout for the Coyotes. Over the past five seasons, only 10 players in the NHL have scored more goals than the Pittsburgh Penguins’ vastly underappreciated wing. With his dad in town for the Coyotes pro scout meetings, and in attendance at Mullett Arena for Sunday’s Coyotes-Penguins game, however, Jake put on a show. Guentzel scored two, second-period goals and the Penguins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win against the Coyotes. The loss was the fifth straight for the Coyotes, who have been outscored 22-9 during the skid. The loss also snapped the Coyotes’ three-game winning streak at home. https://youtu.be/iFEPLKsujyk “I saw a really good…

Desert Former Sun Devil Johnny Walker took part in the 2018 Hockey Classic

Arizona State hockey coach Greg Powers walked into the community ice arena adjacent to Mullett Arena last Friday and thought he was experiencing a senior moment. There was Michigan Tech coach Joe Shawhan preparing his team to skate. “I was honestly confused,” Powers said, laughing. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I thought we played BC tonight.'” If you’re wondering how hard it is for Powers to lure teams to Tempe to compete in the Desert Hockey Classic, there’s your answer. The tournament begins today at Mullett Arena, but Michigan Tech arrived last Thursday (Dec. 29) and both Boston University and Air Force, the tournament’s other two participants, arrived on Tuesday. “It’s a destination tournament,” Powers said. “We live in…

Shayne Gostisbehere leads all Coyotes defensemen in points.

Sometimes, Philly fans throw snowballs at Santa.  Sometimes, they throw batteries at baseball players.  Sometimes, they throw wristbands at hockey players.  Sometimes, they just throw the hockey players away instead. As Shayne Gostisbehere prepares to play his 500th career NHL game against the team that drafted him in the third round in 2012 — in the city where he made his mark as the Calder Trophy runner-up to Artemi Panarin in 2016 — this much is clear: Whatever plans the Philadelphia Flyers had to replace his cap space with younger players and remain in playoff contention have failed in the short term. Philadelphia missed the playoffs last season, finishing just four points ahead of the rebuilding Coyotes. As the two teams…

His Coyotes teammates call Nick Bjugstad “Byoogie,” a nod to that troublesome J in his Norwegian surname.  Coach André Tourigny drops the J and calls him “Boogie” because it rolls a little more easily off his French-Canadian tongue.  Bjugstad’s Florida Panthers teammates used to call him “Rotisserie Chicken” because he couldn’t find parking one night when he was meeting them...

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