Editor’s note: In conjunction with Hockey Buzz.com’s NHL’s all-time computer tournament, Fungosports.com is selecting each franchise’s All-time best team.
This is the Arizona Coyotes’ list of the top players of all-time:
(Editor’s note: Even though technically the Coyotes can claim players from the former Winnipeg Jets, for the purpose of this team we are only considering players who played in Arizona).
Keith Tkachuk: He scored 52 goals in 1996-97 to establish the second record for goals since the team moved to Arizona. Tkachuk was a fiery rough-and-ready power forward.
Jeremy Roenick: JR never scored fewer than 24 goals in his five seasons in Arizona. He topped 70 points three times.
Shane Doan: He is Mr. Coyote. Unquestionably, he is the most believed figure in the Coyotes’ history. With 955 points, Doan is also the franchise’s leading point producer by a country mile. The closest player to him is Roenick who has 379.
Clayton Keller: Only in his third season, slick puck-handler Keller has already established that he one of the most dynamic offensive players in the franchise’s history.
Martin Hanzal: In 10 seasons in Arizona, the 6-6 center showed he was one of the franchise’s best two-way centers.
Radim Vrbata: He scored 20 or more goals five times for the Coyotes, with a high of 35 in 2011-12. Vrbata was a journeyman player who had his best seasons in Arizona.
Ladislav Nagy: He scored 21 or more goals for three consecutive seasons and currently ranks among the franchise’s Top 10 scorers.
Max Domi: He was the Coyotes’ first-round pick in 2013 and was traded before he matured into a top player. But his skill was evident in Arizona.
Phil Kessel: In his first season with the Coyotes, Kessel has shown he is among the most dangerous offensive players the team has ever had.
Daniel Briere: A Coyotes’ first round pick in 1996, Briere blossomed into a 32-goal scorer in 2001-02.
Derek Stepan: In his third season with the Coyotes, Stepan is smart, versatile center with the capability of registering 50 to 60 points.
Rick Tocchet: Today, Tocchet is the Coyotes’ highly respected coach, but he was a hard-hitting scorer for the Coyotes for three seasons (1997-2000). He netted 26 goals twice.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Considered the talented defenseman in Coyotes’ history, Ekman Larsson has scored 12 or more goals seven times. He scored 23 and 21 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.
Keith Yandle: Ranked No. 2 among defenseman on the Coyotes’ all-time scoring list, Yandle scored 10 or more goals for four consecutive seasons from 2009-2013. He is a superb power play point man.
Teppo Numminen: In 2010, the Coyotes enshrined Numminen’s No. 27 in the team’s Ring of Honor. He was very popular with fans.
Zbynek Michalek: Ranking third (with 624) on the franchise’s all-time games played list, Michalek is remember as a dependable, defense-first contributor.
Derek Morris: Only four players have played more games than Morris on the Coyotes’ defense. He played 544 games with the team. He was rarely spectacular, but usually effective.
Keith Carney: Steadiness marked Carney’s four seasons as a Coyotes defenseman. He was +46 in his four seasons and gave his team a defensive-minded presence.
Ilya Brzgalov: Owning a 130-92-27 record, Bryzgalov is the most successful goalie in the Coyotes’ history. He posted 21 shutouts with a .917 in four seasons with the Coyotes.
Sean Burke: The 6-4 netminder had four winning seasons with the Coyotes with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.