In a surprise move, the Arizona Coyotes announced Monday afternoon that they were re-assigning Christian Dvorak to the Tucson Roadrunners, Arizona’s American Hockey League affiliate.
Dvorak had three assists in seven games with the Coyotes this season.
The move should theoretically give Dylan Strome an extended look in Arizona’s top six. Per the CBA, 18 and 19 year olds can play in up to nine games in the NHL before using up a year of their entry-level contract. Given Strome has played in three games, Strome could make six more appearances in Sedona Red without burning a year. Should Strome play in all of Arizona’s next games, the decision point would come after Arizona’s November 12th contest against the Boston Bruins.
Dvorak was selected 58th overall in 2014 with a pick the Coyotes acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for David Rundblad. Dvorak recorded just 14 points in a draft year marred by injuries, yet the Coyotes opted to take a flier on him with what essentially was an extra pick.
In the next two seasons with the London Knights, Dvorak accumulated 230 points (93 goals, 137 assists) in 125 regular season games, and 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 28 OHL playoff games. Dvorak also scored seven times and assist on five more goals in four games en route to a 2016 Memorial Cup victory.
Dvorak is eligible to return to the NHL and will not need to pass through waivers at any point this season.