This opens up an opportunity for Plachta, who surprised many at training camp after signing a one-year entry level contract with the Coyotes this summer. In three games with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL, Plachta has six shots on goal, two penalty minutes, and is a +1 overall.
What got Plachta to North America was his size on the wing (6' 2", 220 pounds), and his excellent season with Adler Mannheim in the German Hockey League (DEL). He posted 14 goals and 21 assists in 47 regular season games, and five goals and four assists in 15 playoff games.
We still do not know for sure how long Vitale will be out, but Matthias Plachta could be the second rookie German winger in two years to stick with the parent club, as Tobias Rieder did in 2014-15.
This story will be updated if more details about Plachta or Vitale emerge.