The Arizona Coyotes' inability to draft and develop has come up before and it is going to come up again. But they are doing better. Case in point, 2017 fifth-round pick Tyler Steenbergen who finished his second season in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners.
19/20 League: AHL (Tucson Roadrunners)
Games played: 57
Highest rating: 20
Lowest rating: 22
After dominating the WHL, Steenbergen is still adjusting to the AHL. Like many players, Tyler Steenbergen’s season was cut short, but he had already set a new high for assists in an AHL season.
Steenbergen didn't take a big leap forward between his first and second seasons, but he is continuing to grow. He finished 10th on the Roadrunners in points and was tied for fifth in assists. Plus/minus is far from a perfect measurement, but Steenbergen did go from a -2 his first season to a +3 this past season.
Adjusting to a professional game is going to take time for Steenbergen. Like many players in the Coyotes system, he is a smaller player, standing at 5' 10" and weighing 187 pounds. That doesn't mean he won't be able to make it in the AHL or the NHL, it just means he is going to need to work hard.
In his final two seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, Steenbergen had 51 and 47 goals. He is not going to be able to score that much in professional leagues, and he is going to need to adapt his game. But if he can Steenbergen should prove a useful player for the Desert Dogs.
When the AHL season starts again we are likely going to see Steenbergen dressing for the Roadrunners again. The upcoming weird season is going to be a big one for Steenbergen. A big season will improve his chances of making the NHL, while a slow season could be an indication that he has hit his ceiling as a player.