Yesterday the Arizona Coyotes announced the reassigning of Kyle Capobianco, Jordan Gross, and Lane Pederson and placed Aaron Ness, Michael Bunting, Hudson Fasching, and Michael Chaput on waivers to reassign them to the Tucson Roadrunners.
As we get closer and closer to the start of the season you can begin to see the Coyotes roster taking shape. It looks like 2018 first-round pick Barrett Hayton is likely to make the team after a solid preseason which saw him notch his first goal on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks.
The players sent down in this recent cut haven’t just survived this far in the preseason, they have contributed to the Coyotes’ preseason success. Many of the players sent down played against the Canucks, with Lane Pederson scoring a short handed goal and Hudson Fasching and Aaron Ness recording assists. Michael Bunting previously scored his second goal of the preseason on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, with Kyle Capobianco getting an assist during that game.
With the latest round of cuts, fans can also get a good idea of who will be the first call ups in the event of injuries. Aaron Ness, who signed a two-year, two-way contract as a free agent, has impressed and he could earn himself a call up if the Coyotes need an offensive defenseman. Pederson, Bunting, and Chaput all played well and could be a call up if a forward is hurt.
The Coyotes currently have 25 players on their roster, including goaltenders Adin Hill and Ivan Prosvetov. Both Hill and Prosvetov are likely to be reassigned to Tucson once Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta are one hundred percent ready to come back.