Jan 26, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette (50) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Coyotes GM Praises Antoine Vermette


Jan 26, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates his second goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette leads the team in goals with 21, faceoff percentage at 55.9% and shorthanded goals with three. There is no denying that he has been one of the biggest reasons the Coyotes have been able to stay in the playoff race in the log-jammed  NHL Western Conference.

In an interview with Fox Sports Arizona last week, Phoenix general manager Don Maloney praised Vermette for his play thus far this season.

“I don’t think anyone would argue if I said Antoine has been our most valuable player this season,” Maloney told FS Arizona. “He does everything for us and he does it all well.”

The 31-year old French-Canadian also is on the NHL longest active point streak at eight games. He has nine goals in his last 10 games played.

Phoenix currently sits one point out of the second wild card spot behind Vancouver in the Western Conference at 62 points. If the Yotes are going to make a late season push to secure a playoff spot, then Vermette is going to have to keep this production for the rest of the season.

The team next plays on Friday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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