Despite having negotiations drag out almost the entire off-season, the two-year contract Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker ultimately accepted days before training camp started last fall wasn't his top choice.

But before the Coyotes would willingly hand out more long-term security, and consequently more money, they needed to see better consistency from Boedker. And with Year 1 of that deal now in the books, Boedker only helped his case with the best offensive season of his career.

"Obviously, it's a weird feeling not signing until a couple days before camp, and it ended up being all right," he said. "I ended up signing two years, and I'm here now, so it ended up being good. But, obviously, you come in with some fuel in your system and want to prove to them it wasn't needed taking that long."

Boedker played in all 82 games and established career highs in goals (19), assists (32) and points (51). His consistency was also a marked improvement.

In 2013, Boedker had six goals and 18 points in the first 26 games of the season but only one goal and eight points in the final 22. That mismatch in output was likely one of the reasons the Coyotes were hesitant to offer more years in contract talks last summer, with Boedker instead accepting the two-year deal worth $5.1 million.

But this past season, he had 12 goals and 27 points through the first half and seven goals and 24 points in the second half.