The towering Russian goalie had previously been sent down to the Coyotes’ AHL affiliates, the Tucson Roadrunners, and is expected to compete for playing time in the minors behind Adin Hill this season.
Hill and last season’s hero Darcy Kuemper has played the majority of games so far during preseason, with Prosvetov, Raanta and Erik Kallgren all getting minutes between them.
Typically, once a player is sent down during preseason they are not brought back up unless there is an emergency or a significant injury.
The Arizona Coyotes will be hoping to have a full bill of health entering the 2019/20 NHL season after suffering the worst injury luck of the entire league over the course of the past 12 months.
Starting the season without stars such as Alex Galchenyuk and Christian Dvorak was just a taste of the health issues the organization suffered through.
For head coach Rick Tocchet, the biggest concern would be a long-term injury to either Kuemper or Raanta to start the season, with both capable of putting in Vezina-worthy performances in the desert.
INJURY UPDATE: #Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) September 26, 2019
Kuemper stepped up massively during the Coyotes’ run towards the playoffs last season, after Raanta was ruled out for the entire season after originally starting the season in exceptional form.
Losing Raanta for an extended period is a huge concern for the organization, but gives Kuemper another opportunity to tighten his grip on the starting role.
With Kuemper reportedly fatigued and Raanta already being listed as day-to-day, the concerns from last season will no doubt begin to creep in.
The 6-foot-5 Prosvetov, meanwhile, is considered the organization’s best goalie prospect after Hill and could develop into a solid NHL player in the near future.
In 53 starts with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, Prosvetov recorded a 36-11-1 record, with a .910 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average.
If the plan is to let the 20-year-old feature in the final two games of the regular season, it will give him another opportunity to impress and could secure his spot behind Hill in the Tucson organization’s depth chart ahead of the new season.
The hope, now, is that Raanta’s injury isn’t a serious one and he could still feature in the early days of the new season.