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Updated Apr 29, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Off the Ice: 2013 Phoenix Coyotes were anything but predictable

Well, that's done.

The Phoenix Coyotes wrapped up their season Saturday with a win in Anaheim, finishing with 51 points in 48 games. Not their worst season, but not their best.

Because I'm a sick person, I decided to take a look back at my original season predictions for the Coyotes. In retrospect, I didn't do horribly, but I know you fine people would love to tell me just how wrong I was.

For those of you in too big of a hurry to finish reading and want to get to the comments, here are my original predictions. Have fun.

Player to watch: Mikkel Boedker
Top trade bait: Keith Yandle
Scoring leader: Radim Vrbata
Storyline to follow: Can Mike Smith do it again?
Best rehashed nickname: The Bash Brothers
Bold prediction: Steve Sullivan outplays the Wizard
Season outcome: Another year of May hockey in the desert.

For those of you who chose to stick around, my analysis of my predictions is below. Yes, I defended myself a few times. Deal with it.

Now we get to look forward to a summer of ownership talks and rumors. But on the positive side, at least we don't have to listen to the NHL promise that talks were on-going while we all were stuck with baseball.

About the Author

Carter Nacke graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2010. He has been with KTAR since March 2011.

In addition to being a news junkie, Carter enjoys talking sports -- mainly soccer and hockey -- and covers the Arizona Coyotes for

He is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling.


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