When Michal Rozsival was whistled for cross-checking to set up a Los Angeles power play with 90 seconds remaining and Phoenix leading 1-0 on February 16, coach Darryl Sutter opted to send out hulking 6'3, 234 pound rookie Dwight King, who had recorded two points in his eight previous NHL games.
The power play was unsuccessful as the Coyotes edged the Kings in the first of two victories against their Pacific Division rivals in five days. With goal scoring proving to be so difficult, and established veterans watching from the bench, what was the rationale behind sending someone so green onto the ice in a tense, playoff-infused situation?
"Why wouldn't I? He's a good offensive player," Sutter said, issuing a response that may have raised an eyebrow or two at the time but in hindsight displays a bounty of confidence in the suddenly productive young winger who has two goals, six points and a plus-four rating in 10 games.
"This time around I'm confident i...