After a three-year run when the Phoenix Coyotes consistently outperformed preseason expectations, including the franchise's first trip to the Western Conference Final in 2012, they missed the postseason in 2012-13.
Even during all of the success, scoring goals was the biggest weakness for the defensive-minded Coyotes. Adding Mike Ribeiro, the highest-scoring NHL player from 2012-13 who was an unrestricted free agent, could help in that department.
He's one of the best passers in the League, but figuring out who will be on the end of his setups is on the to-do list during training camp. If the Coyotes can fill out the top two lines without needing either Martin Hanzal or Antoine Vermette to shift to the wing, Phoenix will be strong up the middle.