As the regular season’s opening game draws ever closer the Arizona Coyotes have made another round of reassignments. Yesterday before their final home preseason game they reassigned eleven players to the Tucson Roadrunners.
#Coyotes assign 11 players - Gregoire, Martin, Howdeshell, Smereck, Fiore, Madsen, Kallgren, Birks, Klima, Schnarr, Dineen - to AHL Tucson. Arizona camp roster now down to 41 players.— Alexander Kinkopf (@AEKinkopf) September 21, 2019
Roadrunners training camp opens on Monday.
In another round of cuts, the Coyotes sent another four players down earlier today to the American Hockey League as well as sending Jan Jenik to his OHL team the Hamilton Bulldogs.
#Coyotes assign four players - Burke, Merkley, Steenbergen, Prosvetov - to the Tucson Roadrunners.— Alexander Kinkopf (@AEKinkopf) September 22, 2019
Jenik (great camp!) to his junior team, Hamilton - OHL.
As we get closer to the start of the regular season the cuts should be far more familiar. The first few rounds often see camp invites and fringe prospects being cut, but we are starting to see players who have a very real chance of making the NHL in the next few seasons.
Of the players cut today Tyler Steenbergen and Ivan Prosvetov suited up last night, with Prosvetov acting as Darcy Kuemper’s backup.
There aren’t any surprises with these cuts, with all of these players expected to at least start in the AHL this season. Jan Jenik may be the biggest surprise, not because he was sent down but because of how much positive attention he has earned with his play.
Did any of these reassignments surprise you? Who do you think will get cut next? Are there any prospects you are going to pay more attention to this season? Feel free to comment below.