The Arizona Coyotes continued their rebuild this offseason with four acquisitions to watch this upcoming season. These players all bring a combined total of 284 goals and 564 points, along with 60 games of playoff experience. Here are what the latest additions from the summer can bring to the team.
Alex Galchenyuk (C) via trade from Montreal
Despite losing one of the franchise’s young stars in Max Domi, Galchenyuk is an exciting new piece in the rebuild. The Coyotes could grant Galchenyuk’s wish of playing center after Montreal did not allow him the opportunity last season. Placing him on the second-line could prove the offensive depth the team now has after ranking 28th in the league. In six seasons, Galchenyuk had 108 goals and 147 assists in 418 games played. A fresh start could even help him more after leaving a city that pressures their team more to a more relaxed area in Arizona.
Michael Grabner (RW) free agent signing
Arizona grabbed one of the top offensive free agents this offseason in the veteran winger. His presence on the young offense – Grabner is the second oldest behind 33-year-old Brad Richardson – could go further than the numbers, as Arizona needs more veteran leadership to guide them in the right direction. With New Jersey last season, Grabner only scored two goals and three assists in 21 games but he had 25 goals and six assists in 59 games with the New York Rangers. His career has four 20+ goal seasons, with the past two seasons being 25+. Hopefully, the right winger continues this trend and has another 20-goal season with a top-six role on offense.
Vinnie Hinostroza (LW) via trade from Chicago
Hinostroza is an underrated pickup from the trade with Chicago but had to be included for Arizona to take up Marian Hossa’s contract. The left winger made positive strides last season after setting career highs in goals (7), assists (18) and shots (86) in 50 games. He will likely start out with a smaller role on offense but could be used to challenge Christian Dvorak for the second-line. As a right-handed forward on a mostly left-handed roster, Hinostroza brings in something new that the offense could use and could end up surprising the team.
Jordan Oesterle (D) via trade from Chicago
Defense was not neglected this summer with Oesterle coming in as another product of the Chicago trade. Likely a seventh defenseman, Oesterle proved that he could play in a top role after becoming a regular with Chicago this past season. The defenseman will work hard to prove himself a roster spot after spending the past few years going back-and-forth from the AHL to the NHL with Edmonton. Working with Duncan Keith on the blue line helped spark his improvement toward the second half of last season and allowed him to learn from a veteran defenseman.
There will be some new names and new faces this upcoming season.
The team hopes to make a serious playoff push with their new members after addressing some problem areas from last season. Once the season starts, time will tell if this year’s team is the one to put Arizona back on the hockey world’s radar.