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Tucson Roadrunners sign three players to one-year, two-way deals

The Tucson Roadrunners continue to grow in free agency with three new players signed.

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The Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate the Tucson Roadrunners have been busy this offseason. Early on the Coyotes signed three players to two-way deals who are likely to spend significant time in the AHL and contribute to Tucson’s offense.

But the Roadrunners weren’t done yet. Late last week the Roadrunners locked in three players to one-year, two-way deals. The players they signed aren’t as likely to contribute as much to the offense, and they may end up spending time in the ECHL with the Coyotes new affiliate the Rapid City Rush.

But every signing is an opportunity for change. The three new players have a chance of contributing to the team in a variety of ways. It’s not likely that any of the following three players are likely to contribute to the Coyotes, but they may help an Arizona team return to the playoffs.

Matt Berry

Right Wing

Previous Team: San Diego Gulls (AHL)/Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)

Goals: 4/13 (AHL/ECHL)

Assists: 14/9 (AHL/ECHL)

Having gone undrafted, the Canton, MI native has spent time with the USHL, NCAA, ECHL, and the AHL. Berry would initially start with the Norfolk Admirals after his NCAA career was finished, although he would eventually play in the ECHL for the Utal Grizzlies and the Florida Everblades. Last season he made his return to the AHL, playing in a career high 42 games and scoring 4 goals and 14 assists.

Ryker Killins

Defenseman

Previous Team: South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)/Ferris State University (NCAA)

Goals: 3/1 (ECHL/NCAA)

Assists: 6/3 (ECHL/NCAA)

Another undrafted player, Killins finished finished college last season and made the jump to the professional leagues by playing in the ECHL. Signing an AHL contract gives Killins the chance to grow as a player and show what he can do at a higher level. Killins is the youngest of the three players signed, and it should be interesting watching him make the transition to his first full season as a professional player.

Vince Pedrie

Defenseman

Previous Team: Milwaukee Admirals and Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)/Maine Mariners (ECHL)

Goals: 2/2 (AHL/ECHL)

Assists: 9/2 (AHL/ECHL)

Another player who has made the journey from the NCAA to the AHL with a brief stop in the ECHL, Pedrie has played 101 games in the AHL, the most of the three signings. The most games Pedrie has played in a single season in the AHL is 58 during the 2017-18 season which saw him score a career high 3 goals and 11 assists.

All three of the players signed split last season between two teams, making it likely that they will split time between the Roadrunners and the Rapid City Rush. None seem like they will be major offensive contributors, but could serve as useful depth players for the Roadrunners, especially if the injury bug returns and the Coyotes need to call up their own players.