How the Results Were Calculated
#5 Mike Johnson
#4 Jeff Taffe
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Georges Laraque was one of the last true enforcers in the league. The 2006-07 Coyotes signed him looking for toughness to help free up some of the team’s more offensively skilled players, but regrettably, it did not play out that way. He never seemed to be able to keep with the pace of Roenick, Doan, Nagy and the rest of the Coyotes. Laraque spent 56 games in a Coyotes sweater, before they sent him to the Penguins for the much younger Daniel Carcillo, hoping Carcillio would be able to fill the grinding role they were looking for. Laraque spent parts of the next couple seasons with the Penguins and Canadiens before retiring. Since exiting the NHL, he has dabbled in broadcasting, politics, and mixed martial arts.
Korpikoski was selected in the first round, 19th overall, by the Rangers in the hopes he could become the next Teemu Selanne. After playing exceptionally well in the AHL, he made an impact in his first NHL game, scoring a goal for the Rangers in the playoffs against the Penguins. Not feeling that Korpikoski had the skill set the Rangers were looking for, New York traded him to the Coyotes for the No. 1 player on this list hoping a change of scenery would do them both well. Korpikoski played well enough to remain in the NHL, but not as the top-line player many hoped. He settled into a role as consistent second or third liner and has never had a 20-plus goal season. After five seasons in the desert, Arizona sent him packing to Edmonton at the 2016 trade deadline.
#1 Enver Lisin
Much like Johnson, Lisin came in with high expectations after championship seasons in his native Russia. He was drafted in the second round and was supposed to be the top-flight Russian scorer of the future for the Coyotes. Unfortunately, he never transitioned to the American game. Lisin had great speed, and the lack of open ice inhibited his play. The Coyotes shipped him to the Rangers, who did not offer a qualifying offer in 2010. He returned to his homeland, and still plays today in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Aaron Davis is an Arizona native and die-hard hockey fan. He played high school club hockey (poorly). He produces/co-hosts a podcast on the Heroes Media Group Network. His teams are: Coyotes, & Penguins, as well as, the Cardinals, Yankees, Suns, Everton, Steelers, Diamondbacks, & Pirates. He can be reached on Twitter – @AKD_56.