Thursday, November 13, 2008

Leader of the Pack

When it comes to the Phoenix Coyotes organization, there is one person who exemplifies consistency and dedication...Shane Doan. 
The only remaining Winnipeg Jet on the team Shane Doan has quickly become one of the best players in Coyotes/Jets history and has a few more years ahead of him as a Phoenix Coyote.
His dedication showed when he signed a 5 year extension in February of 2007 for a bargain price of $4.5 million a year. Doan could have left Phoenix and easily have gotten much more than that. But he was dedicated to the Coyotes organization and stayed. 
After being drafted in 1995 (first round, 7th overall) Doan has risen to the top of the Coyotes and is now the captain. Despite sub-par offensive seasons, Shane took off last season when he had 28 goals and 50 assists for 78 points in 80 games, a career high. 
This season the offensive onus is still on Doan but he has help in the new arrival of Olli Jokinen who may be the one type of player to elevate Doan from good to great. Through 14 games this season Doan has 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points and is on pace to break the 50 goal plateau. Whether he gets there or not remains to be seen but he is earning the C on his shoulder right now. If he continues to play like this, can anyone spell M-V-P? 

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