GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With his new helmet visor protecting an eye that met up with the butt end of a stick in Chicago six days ago and a sudden explosion of offensive prowess, Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla has picked up a new nickname among his three Czech teammates and friends.
SOG: 16 | +/-: 1
It's been more than a decade since Klesla was the fourth player taken in the 2000 NHL Draft, as much for the offense he could deliver than his ability to be physical and defend against skilled players. He's never lived up to those offensive projections. But during these playoffs, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound shot blocker and crease-clearer has enjoyed a flashback to the old days when goals were a surprise and points were expected.