It was a pretty bizarre sequence. The Coyotes driving to the net on and odd-man rush – which resulted in a Martin Hanzal goal – when the whistles blew.
The reason for the stoppage was rookie Jakob Chychrun taking on Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn, who had laid a big hit on Michael Stone. The 18-year-old made what he felt was a needed response, and took on the 25-year-old veteran of seven NHL seasons.
The one argument you make against Chychrun was the fact he nearly took a goal off the board by dropping the gloves as Arizona was rushing to the house on a two-on-one. But you can’t fault the fact he was willing to step in that situation.
It was another instance of the young Chychrun – whose father, Jeff, played eight seasons in the NHL – playing beyond his years. One of many young guys in the league currently doing so.
Originally projected to be a top-10 pick in this past June’s NHL Draft, Chychrun ended up falling to Arizona at No. 17. As a result, he’s now part of a young, highly-talented, promising core that will carry the torch in the desert for years to come.