The Arizona Coyotes announced earlier today that Dylan Strome, Matthias Plachta, and Louis Domingue would not remain with the Coyotes for the season opener on October 9th in Los Angeles. With those three cuts, the Opening Night roster is set.
Domingue and Plachta will be re-assigned to AHL Springfield, and can be called-up by the Coyotes later on in the year with no consequences. Strome returns to his OHL team - the Erie Otters - and cannot be brought back up without burning a year of his entry-level deal.
Plachta's longevity at training camp came as a mild surprise given how little was known about the German forward before he received a one-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes this summer. At 6' 2", 205 pounds, Plachta has decent size, and will get some time to adjust to North American rinks in the AHL while remaining an injury call-up should the Coyotes need him.
Domingue's demotion was expected for a while after deciding against heading to Europe this season. His work is far from over however, as he will compete with Marek Langhamer, Tyler Beskorowany, and Niklas Treutle for spots in the AHL.
Strome received the longest look of all of the prospects to not make the team, and his return to Erie will likely be controversial. The Coyotes appear to have decided that for whatever reason, his development is best served in the OHL, as opposed to the NHL.
Max Domi and Anthony Duclair will be on the roster to begin the season, which does not come as a surprise given the pair's development over the past season. Jordan Martinook did however turn enough heads during training camp to earn a spot with the team's bottom six.
We'll have a more in-depth look at the Coyotes' forward prospects tomorrow. But for now, we know who will be in Sedona Red when the puck drops on Friday.