Doan itching to build team

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan is tired of talking about the prospects of the future.

The former Winnipeg Jets right-winger would prefer to discuss a prosperous present and the captain of the Phoenix Coyotes yearns for another shot at the playoffs -- something he hasn't experienced since 2001-02 and won't happen again until at least next spring.

Doan, who was drafted seventh overall by the Jets in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, has 28 goals and 64 points in 73 games this season and is clearly the go-to guy for the Coyotes, who added to their young talent at the trade deadline after falling out of contention.

"We've got to make sure that we build and go forward," Doan said last week after a victory against the San Jose Sharks. "Yeah, we're going to have the best foundation ever, hopefully. It's one of those things where we have to start winning consistently."

The pride of Halkirk, Alta. has only 32 playoff games on his resume and he can't wait for the next one.

As the 32-year-old closes in on the second 30-goal season of his career, Doan makes it clear he'd be happy to sacrifice some personal success for a shot at lifting Lord Stanley's mug.

"Anytime you can contribute offensively, it's always special but I'd give anything to get eight or nine in the playoffs," said Doan, who has six goals and 12 points in 32 post-season contests but has never made it past the first round.

When the discussion turned to the possibility of suiting up for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Doan's passion for sporting the Maple Leaf was shining through. "You know what, it would be incredible," said Doan, who has 255 goals and 614 points in 956 NHL games. "Every single Canadian that played hockey at any point in their life would give anything to be on that team because there is so much pride in our country and in our hockey.

"That team is so special because it's the best players in the world. Obviously, I'm worried about everything going on here (in Phoenix) but everybody wants to be on that team."

Former Jets teammate Teemu Selanne isn't surprised to see Doan continue to play at a high level.

"It's great. He came in when he was 18-years-old and I knew he was going to be a great player one day -- he just needed time," Selanne said last week after the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. "The first year he was a little too young to come to the NHL, but the progress he has made is great. What a leader he has been for this (Coyotes) franchise.

"He has been the flagship here and I'm very happy for him."


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