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Coyotes' Ty Emberson: Named captain for Wisconsin
Emberson will serve as captain for the University of Wisconsin during the 2020-21 campaign, Todd D. Milewski fo the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Emberson will take over the role from departing blueliner Wyatt Kalynuk, as the Badgers look to recover from the departures of Alex Turcotte and K'Andre Miller ahead of next season. The 20-year-old Emberson notched just nine points in 33 collegiate appearances this past season and is known more for the defensive side of his game. Drafted by the Coyotes in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Wisconsin native has one more year of eligibility following the upcoming season, so fantasy owners in dynasty formats may not want to wait for him to make the jump to the pros.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jan Jenik: Ready to skate again
AHL Tucson general manager Steve Sullivan said in an interview last week that Jenik (knee) is ready to resume skating, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Jenik continues to progress well in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered at the World Junior Championships in December that required season-ending surgery. The forward will need to gradually increase the intensity of his skating before he's cleared for full-contact practices, but Sullivan expects that the 19-year-old will be "pretty darn close" to being back to full health in advance of the 2020-21 AHL season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Brad Richardson: Recovering from surgery
Richardson underwent groin and hip surgery two days after the season was paused in mid-March, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Richardson has evidently been playing through pain in his back and core throughout the season due to issues with his groin and hips, which at least can partly explain the steep drop-off in production he's experienced this season (six goals, 11 points) after racking up 19 goals and 27 points in 66 games a year ago. The 35-year-old pivot believes he'd likely be skating at this point if he had access to Arizona's training facility, and that he could be ready to play within a few weeks from a health standpoint, so if/when the NHL season resumes, he should be ready to rock.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Taylor Hall: Production below standard
Hall recorded 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games before prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
Hall's production with New Jersey (25 points in 30 games) and Arizona (27 in 35) this year have been similar, so it appears the mid-season change of scenery wasn't much of a spark for the 28-year-old. Seemingly mostly healthy after injury limited him to just 37 games in 2018-19, it's clear that Hall isn't currently the same player that piled up 93 points en route to an MVP award the year prior. If the regular season doesn't resume, the 2010 first overall pick could have already suited up for the last time with the Coyotes, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Christian Dvorak: Achieves new career best
Dvorak's 38 points this season are a new career high for the 24-year-old.
Already in his fourth NHL campaign, Dvorak was able to surpass his previous best of 37 points in eight less games (70 instead of 78 in 2017-18). The Illinois native was derailed by injury and limited to just 20 games last season, but his status as one of the Coyotes' top two centers on a team with some exciting young assets makes him someone to key on as he develops further.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Clayton Keller: Close to 20-goal plateau
Keller put up 17 goals and 44 points through 70 games in 2019-20 before the mid-March suspension of play.
With 12 games remaining on Arizona's docket, Keller likely would have challenged the 20-point plateau for the second time in his three NHL seasons. He's still largely failed to recapture the magic of of 65-point rookie output, but Keller is still just 21 and has plenty of time to develop on a young Coyotes squad still finding its identity.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nick Schmaltz: Second in team scoring
Schmaltz amassed 11 goals and 34 assists in 70 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
It's somewhat hard to fathom, but the 24-year-old's unspectacular 45 points are actually second among Coyotes beyond Taylor Hall's 52 -- especially since they were only five points out of a playoff spot with 12 games remaining when play was halted. After an injury-plagued 2018-19, Schmaltz got back on track this year and would likely challenge his 52-point career high (2017-18 with Chicago) should the regular-season resume.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Matias Maccelli: Signs entry-level deal
Maccelli agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Tuesday.
After two seasons in juniors with USHL Dubuque, Maccelli returned to his native Finland this year. In 43 outings for Ilves, the 19-year-old racked up 13 goals and 17 helpers. The winger figures to spend another year playing overseas before making a return to North America, where he will likely start out playing in the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Cameron Crotty: Pens entry-level deal
Crotty inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Thursday.
Crotty had one more year of eligibility with Boston University but will instead make the jump to the professional ranks. In three seasons with the Terriers, the defenseman registered 10 goals and 17 assists in 102 collegiate appearances. The 20-year-old is unlikely to make his NHL debut next season, especially considering the club already has six regular NHL blueliners under contract for 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' David Tendeck: Lands entry-level deal
Tendeck inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Monday.
In 35 appearances for WHL Vancouver this season, Tendeck registered an 18-13-2 record, .920 save percentage and 2.29 GAA. With a couple of netminders ahead of him on the organizational depth chart, including Adin Hill and Merrick Madsen, the 20-year-old could find himself playing in the ECHL for most of the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Conor Garland: Ready to play
According to Garland (knee), if games were being played he would be available to suit up, telling Craig Morgan of The Athletic, "Had the season continued, I probably would have surprised people with how fast I came back. I could play right now."
Garland was putting together a fantastic sophomore campaign prior to the league shutdown, as he managed 22 goals and 17 helpers in 68 contests. If the regular season picks back up, the 23-year-old would need just one more tally to reach the 40-point threshold. Fantasy owners in keeper/dynasty leagues should definitely consider holding onto Garland heading into the 2020-21 season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Michael Chaput: Pens one-year deal
Chaput inked a one-year, two-way contract with Arizona on Monday.
Chaput appeared in just two games for Arizona this year, in which he notched two shots, two PIM and three hits while averaging 10:01 of ice time. In the minors, the 27-year-old racked up 16 goals and 13 helpers in 47 appearances. Even with the new deal in hand, the center figures to continue splitting time between leagues next year, which will limit his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nathan Sucese: Signs entry-level contract
Sucese signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Friday.
Sucese has spent the past four years at Penn. State University, racking up 61 goals and 140 points in 147 appearances. The 23-year-old forward will likely spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign adjusting to the pro game with AHL Tucson.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Ryan McGregor: Inks entry-level deal with Arizona
McGregor signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Thursday.
McGregor has been highly productive in the OHL over the past two campaigns, racking up 52 goals and 145 points in 113 games. The 2017 sixth-round pick will likely report to Arizona's minor-league affiliate if/when the AHL resumes its season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Victor Soderstrom: Headed to North America
Soderstrom will be in North America, whether it be with AHL Tucson or the Coyotes, for the 2020-21 campaign, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Arizona decided to ship Soderstrom back to his native Sweden for another year of development after taking him with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and he played pretty well in 2019-20, notching five goals and 16 points in 35 games with Brynas IF of the SHL. The gifted two-way defenseman will likely begin the 2020-21 campaign in the minors, but it would hardly be surprising to see him make his NHL debut at some point next season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Game-time call against Vancouver
Chychrun (hip) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's clash with the Canucks, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Coach Rick Tocchet told reporters that Chychrun had a "good" practice Wednesday, so the 21-year-old blueliner is likely closer to probable than questionable for Thursday's contest. Nonetheless, his status against Vancouver may not be confirmed until Arizona takes the ice for pregame warmups, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Aaron Ness: Designated for waivers
Ness was placed on waivers by the Coyotes on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Ness's potential demotion could be an indication that Jakob Chychrun (hip) will be ready to play in Thursday's clash with Vancouver. Assuming he clears, the 29-year-old Ness will rejoin AHL Tucson, where he has registered two goals, seven helpers and 14 PIM in 17 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less