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Coyotes nominate Michael Grabner for Bill Masterton Trophy

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Michael Grabner is the Coyotes’ nominee for the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Arizona Coyotes v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Yesterday it was announced that the Arizona Coyotes’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy will be Michael Grabner.

The Coyotes signed Grabner to a three-year, $10.05 million deal to add scoring and he has been pivotal role in the Coyotes league leading penalty kill. In his past two seasons he registered 27 goals with both the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

On December 1st Michael Grabner sustained an eye injury when he was accidentally hit in the face with a stick in a game against the St. Louis Blues. He would miss the rest of the game, and days later revealed the extent of the damage.

Grabner would miss 41 games recovering from the injury and it appeared he may miss the entire season. He would end up returning though, and in his first game back he logged 17:40 against the Calgary Flames. Two days later he scored twice against the Los Angeles Kings, and since returning he has three goals and an assist. Grabner currently leads the league with six shorthanded goals and nine shorthanded points, despite playing in only 36 games this season.

If Grabner wins the award he will be the first Coyotes player to win the award. Last year Brian Boyle with the New Jersey Devils won the award for returning to play after being diagnosed with myeloid leukemia during training camp.