24-Year-Old Right Wing – Arizona Coyotes
Tobias Rieder Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $4.45 contract with the Coyotes in October of 2016.
Rieder recorded a goal and three shots through a season-high 20:35 of ice time during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After playing in all 82 contests with the Coyotes, Rieder suffered a knee injury at the World Championships, but has insisted he'll be completely healthy to start off the 2016-17 season. That’s great news for Arizona, as the 23-year-old took a big step forward in just his second campaign as a professional. The 2011 fourth-round pick notched 14 goals and 23 helpers, both improvements on his rookie year. However, the German did register a minus-21 rating, second-worst on the team. Locked into the top six, Rieder is trigger happy and rounds out a youthful roster – with some veterans sprinkled in – that promises to be exciting for years to come. As long as he’s healthy and working to get better on ice, the third-year forward will be a solid option on the wing with plenty of upside.
Rieder started the past season with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland, but played just nine games there before being called up and seizing a regular role with the big club. He ended up playing in 72 games with Arizona, recording 13 goals and 21 points. Perhaps most encouragingly, Rieder finished third on the team in shots (189) and seventh in hits (123), suggesting that he could see an improvement in his production in the coming season after showing he could handle the physicality of the NHL game while getting in a position to generate offense. He should have a spot reserved for him among the Coyotes' top-six forwards and is worth watching early on if he's able to maintain or increase his shot production.