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Meet the new Coyotes: Letunov, Leggio, McGinn, and Cunningham

A closer look at the players picked up by the Arizona Coyotes via trade and on waivers earlier today.

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As is usually the case when a team is active on Trade Deadline day, there are quite a few new faces in the Coyotes system. Four players will join the Arizona Coyotes organization for the remainder of the season. Let's meet them:

Maxim Letunov

At 6'2", 155 pounds, Letunov fits squarely within the "lanky" category of NHL prospects. That didn't stop the St. Louis Blues from drafting the Moscow, Russia native 52nd overall at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Letunov is very clearly a work in progress. He turned 19 just two weeks ago and is committed to playing for the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA next season. His two-way game is still in need of work, and he's going to have to put on some more muscle to hang with tougher NHL defensemen.

That being said, there's a lot of upside to his game. In 47 appearances with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, Letunov scored 22 goals and recorded 31 assists. He has genuine scoring talent and a great shot, but is going to take some time to develop. Overall, this is a bit of a risk for the Coyotes to take on, but the hope is Letunov could develop into a supplemental forward right as the team's primary assets have discovered their games.

David Leggio

Were it not for his hilariously savvy decision to intentionally dislodge his own net for a penalty shot rather than face a 2 on 0, David Leggio might have spent the rest of his career in relative obscurity.

Leggio is a 30 year old goaltender from Williamsville, New York. He played his college hockey at Clarkson University, but was never drafted. He ultimately latched on to the Binghamton Senators in the AHL thanks to an amateur tryout, and won the ECHL equivalent of the President's Trophy that season with the Florida Everblades (he shared goaltending duties with current NHL netminder Anton Khudobin).

Leggio has bounced around from Sweden to the Washington system to the Islanders' system. His career numbers are not bad for an AHLer (2.66 GAA and a .917 save percentage), but this year has been particularly rough on him (3.93 GAA with an .861 save percentage).

The goaltender is a little undersized at 5'11", and is not likely to stay with the Coyotes past this season. But it may be possible that Leggio finally makes it to the big leagues and starts his first NHL game while wearing a Sedona Red sweater.

Tye McGinn

McGinn was a summertime acquisition of the San Jose Sharks in 2014. Before that, he was drafted 119th overall in 2010 by the Philadelphia Flyers. His arrival in Arizona is particularly ironic given that it was his altercation with Connor Murphy that sparked an all-out line brawl between the Adirondack Phantoms and the Portland Pirates. Someone owes somebody a dinner or something.

This season, McGinn has played 32 games with the San Jose Sharks, recording a goal and four assists in that span. His HERO chart suggests that there are some definite upsides to his game:

He scores and shoots at a pretty good rate for the amount of ice time he gets, and he seems to have a knack for preventing shot attempts. McGinn should be a useful depth player this season, and as an RFA, the Coyotes can hold onto his rights for longer if they like what they see.

Craig Cunningham

The 97th overall pick by the Bruins in 2010, Cunningham came out of the Western Hockey League after posting consecutive seasons of 97 points (37G, 60A) and 87 points (27G, 60A) in major-junior. He would post three consecutive 20+ goal seasons with the Providence Bruins before finally receiving a call-up to Boston in 2014.

Cunningham has played 32 games with the Bruins so far this year, and has scored two goals and an assist with the team. While he has the makings of a legitimate offensive threat, the Bruins' salary cap problems have made it very difficult for younger players to stick with the team.

Like McGinn, Cunningham is still a restricted free agent, which means Arizona can control the next couple of seasons of his development. With the skill he has shown at the WHL and AHL levels, this could prove to be a quietly excellent pick up by Don Maloney.