Ed Jovanovski has been part of a surprising success story before. And not just as a rookie with the 1996 Panthers.

In 2009, the Phoenix Coyotes went into the season considered to be one of, if not the, worst team in hockey. Before the season started, the team filed for bankruptcy and the league stepped in and took control of the team. Few knew what to expect from the Coyotes, but instead of foundering, Phoenix took off and had its best regular season in franchise history — setting records for wins and points to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.