NHL 19: Arizona Coyotes Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Arizona Coyotes to glory with this roster?


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The Arizona Coyotes lack top-class strength throughout the line-up: a consequence of flipping their rebuild general manager too soon. While there are still many young players with decent potential on the team, the weak prospect pool and the rapidly aging defensive corps doesn’t bode well for the future of the Yotes. Right now, the defense is the strongest part of this team while top forwards continue to develop. Arizona is one of the furthest teams from being a Stanley Cup contender, but they could be on the rise. 

Clayton Keller, Left Wing, 84 OVR

Age: 20
Role: Left Wing Playmaker
Height: 178cm
Weight: 76kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 94 Deking. 90 Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Offensive Awareness 

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that rookie Clayton Keller was Arizona’s only bright spot last season, playing all 82 games to score 23 goals and 65 points. Now 20-years-old, Keller leads the team once again. Through 24 games, the young winger had 15 points for the defense-oriented Coyotes, who will lean on the youngster to continue to score in big moments.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Defenseman, 88 OVR

Age: 27
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Height: 188cm
Weight: 91kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 93 Passing, Puck Control. 92 Offensive Awareness. 91 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been Arizona’s top defenseman for some time now, and with a big new contract, the team captain has taken it upon himself to become a two-way defenseman that’s capable of helping his team at both ends of the ice. Last season, the Swede pretty much had free rein to do whatever he wanted, and so tallied 14 goals and 42 points. This season, with the Coyotes trying to establish some philosophy and start to become competitive, he’s been a bit more conservative in the offensive end, prioritizing his defensive duties more often. 

Antti Raanta, Goaltender, 84 OVR

Age: 29
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 183cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 89 Speed. 88 Agility, Vision, Angles, Breakaway, Breakaway, Five Hole, Stick Low

Tempered by the team in front of him, Antti Raanta is a decent goaltender who can win games with a little bit of help. This season, Raanta has seen his numbers tumble from the impressive tallies of a .930 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average of last season despite the Coyotes being more focussed on defense. He’s struggling to find his form and perform the basics consistently, which has resulted in Darcy Kuemper taking over as the team’s starter.

NHL 19 Arizona Coyotes Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Arizona Coyotes’ first lines start. The top line is all about using the speed and skill of Keller to maximum effect, while Richard Panik’s sniping skill can complement the left wing playmaker nicely. Jason Demers is a useful defenseman, but users will want to funnel the puck through Ekman-Larsson as much as possible.

Clayton Keller (84) – Derek Stepan (84) – Richard Panik (80)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (88) – Jason Demers (82)

Antti Raanta (84)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Alex Galchenyuk

84

Playmaker Center

185cm

24

Left

90 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Derek Stepan

84

Two-Way Center

183cm

28

Right

90 Discipline. 88 Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Niklas Hjalmarsson

84

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

31

Left

90 Poise, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Christian Dvorak

82

Two-Way Center

183cm

22

Left

87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Balance, Stick Checking

Jason Demers

82

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

30

Right

88 Stick Checking. 87 Shot Blocking, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Alex Goligoski

82

Offensive Defenseman

180cm

33

Left

90 Deking. 88 Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Discipline, Speed, Slap Shot Power

*Brendan Perlini

81

Left Wing Sniper

191cm

22

Left

88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Deking, Hand-Eye

Michael Grabner

81

Left Wing Sniper

185cm

30

Left

95 Discipline. 93 Speed. 90 Acceleration

Jakob Chychrun

81

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

20

Left

88 Balance, Aggressiveness. 87 Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength

Richard Panik

80

Right Wing Sniper

185cm

27

Left

87 Slap Shot Power, Acceleration, Speed

Christian Fischer

80

Two-Way Right Wing

188cm

21

Right

86 Slap Shot Power, Balance, Strength

Vinnie Hinostroza

79

Right Wing Playmaker

175cm

24

Right

88 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Jordan Oesterle

78

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

26

Left

87 Stick Checking. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Shot Blocking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Wrist Shot Power

Lawson Crouse

78

Left Wing Power Forward

193cm

21

Left

88 Strength, Balance. 87 Aggressiveness, Body Checking

*Dylan Strome

78

Playmaker Center

191cm

21

Left

87 Deking. 85 Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power, Durability

Nick Cousins

77

Playmaker Center

178cm

25

Left

89 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Marian Hossa

77

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

39

Left

90 Poise. 87 Discipline, Strength

Brad Richardson

77

Two-Way Center

183cm

33

Left

85 Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Slap Shot Power, Balance, Stick Checking

Josh Archibald

74

Right Wing Sniper

178cm

25

Right

85 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Darcy Kuemper

81

Hybrid Goaltender

196cm

28

Left

88 Speed. 87 Agility, Stick Low

*Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 25.

Nick Merkley, Center, 78 OVR

Age: 21
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 178cm
Weight: 85kg
Shoots: Right
Potential: Top 6 med

In this roster, the Arizona Coyotes are experiencing somewhat of a logjam at center, especially when it comes to two-way centers. But, to continue the defense-first ethos, Nick Merkley’s two-way skill, particularly the ever-improving 74 for faceoffs, 75 for poise, and 82 for defensive awareness, can be of great use. 

While the Coyotes’ prospect pool has many swimmers, few are of great potential. A few names stick out, like Barrett Hayton, Pierre-Olivier Joseph, and the nearly NHL-ready Kyle Capobianco, but for the most part, these prospects look to be the makings of a decent AHL team. 

NHL 19 Arizona Coyotes Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Barrett Hayton

64

Two-Way Center

185cm

18

Left

Top 6 med

Jan Jenik

55

Two-Way Center

185cm

18

Left

Top 9 low

Kevin Bahl

63

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

18

Left

Top 6 med

Dennis Busby

56

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

18

Right

7th D med

Filip Westerlund

57

Two-Way Defenseman

180m

19

Right

Top 6 med

Erik Walli Walterholm

54

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

19

Right

AHL Top 6 med

Pierre-Olivier Joseph

62

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

19

Left

Top 4 med

Noel Hoefenmayer

60

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

19

Left

AHL Top 2 high

Nate Schnarr

61

Power Forward Center

191cm

19

Right

AHL Top 6 high

Cam Dineen

60

Offensive Defenseman

180cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Tyler Steenbergen

65

Playmaker Center

178cm

20

Left

Top 9 med

Brayden Burke

64

Playmaker Center

178cm

21

Left

AHL Top 6 high

Jens Looke

69

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

21

Right

Bottom 6 med

Jalen Smereck

61

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

21

Left

AHL Top 2 med

Lane Pederson

68

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Right

Bottom 6 med

Kyle Capobianco

73

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

21

Left

Top 6 med

David Tendeck

58

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

18

Right

Backup med

Adin Hill

72

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

22

Right

AHL Starter high

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