Arizona Coyotes: Christian Dvorak emerges as a stud in win over Ducks

Christian Dvorak #18 of the Arizona Coyotes. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Dvorak #18 of the Arizona Coyotes. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Arizona Coyotes played one of their strongest games in their recent contest against the Anaheim Ducks, but nobody played as strong as Christian Dvorak.

Christian Dvorak seemed to be the center of attention throughout all of the Arizona Coyotes’ triumphs. Whenever the Coyotes were on the attack, Dvorak was the one who executed the opportunity. The fourth-year center also led the Coyotes’ forwards in minutes with nearly 20. With leaders such as Oliver Ekman-Larsson out on injury, Dvorak stepped up to the occasion and led his team to a big 3-2 win against the Ducks.

This isn’t the only time where Christian Dvorak came through for the Coyotes this season, however.

In their win over the Vegas Golden Knights on January 22nd, Dvorak recorded one goal and one assist in what was one of his best performances thus far. The Coyotes seem to have found another nice piece of their offense, going along guys such as Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland.

Christian Dvorak proving his worth to the Arizona Coyotes

Dvorak has been fantastic early on for the Coyotes. With his three goals and four assists, he currently leads the team in points with seven and he’s been the bright point of what has been a tough start to the 2020-21 NHL season for Arizona. He’s also been solid for fantasy hockey owners. In most ESPN fantasy hockey leagues, Dvorak currently averages close to two fantasy points per game. Considering the big picture, that’s great for someone making their come-up in professional hockey.

Dvorak didn’t see all of this success instantly. The center was drafted with the 58th overall pick by Arizona in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft. Although he was drafted in 2014, he didn’t actually hit the Gila River Arena ice until the 2016-17 season. In his rookie season with the team, he recorded 15 goals and 18 assists, totaling 33 points. His career-high season came last year, recording 18 goals, 20 assists, and 33 points. Based on the past four seasons, Dvorak seems to be heading in the right direction, and that’s great news for a Coyotes team that is lacking in high-end talent.

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Christian Dvorak finished Thursday with a final stat line that consisted of two goals, a hit, and a final plus / minus rating of +1. He was huge for the Arizona Coyotes when they needed him most and he dragged them to what was a big win, a hallmark of any great player after all. With big nights like these coming more often, it seems like the ceiling is sky high for Christian Dvorak and that is something Coyotes fans can get excited about.