#2. Arizona Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes are best known today for having an alienated fan base that has no arena to watch their team play in, and in order to fix that, they need to improve the on-ice product. The team already has a handful of really good players, like Lawson Crouse, J.J. Moser, and Karel Vejmelka. They have stars like Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz, and future stars like Logan Cooley and Matias Maccelli. Still, there’s just that little something still missing out in the desert.
As things stand, the Coyotes’ two top-six centers for 2023-24 appear to be Barrett Hayton and Logan Cooley. The former was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, and finally had his first 40-point NHL campaign, which is both encouraging and frightening. The latter has never played in an NHL game. This means that a player like Frost would have been the Coyotes’ top-scoring center last year. If he ends up out west, he could do it again this year too.
More than anything, Arizona just needs depth. Hayton and Cooley will certainly have growing paints, but they need those reps as parts of the team’s future. Adding Frost will give them additional competition for minutes, which is also good. But most importantly, the two young forwards can also play on the wing, and that will be important for when Conor Geekie is ready to make the jump to the NHL. Maybe hometown hero Auston Matthews decides to come home as well.
Whatever the case may be, Frost would give the Yotes a much needed boost down the middle. At this point, he is a veteran compared to some of their other players, and the 24 year old won’t be commanding some extravagant eight-year contract either.