The Tucson Roadrunners have a few players who seem ready to make the leap to the NHL. Few players seem closer to closer than defenseman Kyle Capobianco though.
19/20 League: AHL (Tucson Roadrunners)/NHL (Arizona Coyotes)
Games played: 42/9
Highest rating: 9
Lowest rating: 11
Kyle Capobianco had another season where he was great in the AHL. For the second year straight he went to the AHL All-Star Game and he set career-highs in AHL goals and points as well as NHL games played and NHL goals.
For the past few seasons, Capobianco has been one of the AHL's best defensemen and has been a big part of the Roadrunners' success. In two of Capobianco's three seasons with the Roadrunners, the team has finished first in the Pacific Division.
Capobianco got to see more NHL ice this past season than he has in his career. He had nine games with the Coyotes and scored his first NHL goal in his third game against the Ottawa Senators.
Kyle Capobianco was with the team for much of October and played in November, January, and February. And while he didn't see any action in the post-season, he was one of four defensemen the Coyotes brought with them to the Edmonton bubble.
This past October the team re-signed Kyle Capobianco to a two-year, one-way deal. He will still be a restricted free agent when the deal is done and he will have likely earned himself a raise.
The Arizona Coyotes have a lot of quality defensemen, but only two are signed past this upcoming season Jakob Chychrun and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. If Capobianco doesn't make the NHL this upcoming season it seems all but guaranteed he will make it the next season.