And finally: Adrian Aucoin was another of Maloney's strategic off-season acquisitions, joining the Coyotes this past summer, after they traded Derek Morris away at the deadline. Aucoin, even at the age of 36, can still play big minutes and is usually partnered with Zybnek Michalek on the team's No. 1 pair. He believes the Coyotes are way better than people think and he bases it on the team's experience level.
"A lot of our young guys are third-year guys and in your third year, a lot of things start to make more sense," analyzed Aucoin. "Your first year is a little bit of a honeymoon. Nobody really knows who you are, so usually you can get away with a lot of stuff. A lot of time it doesn't matter if the team wins or loses because you're just so happy to be in the NHL.
"The second year, you start to figure it out and it becomes a real grind. A lot of players know who you are, so they play a little harder on you.
"The third year is when a lot of guys really mature - and we have a lot of third and fourth-year guys that are at that stage right now and ready to break out. You can tell from camp that they get that."Report Typo/Error