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Arizona Coyotes prospect Matias Maccelli to continue development with Ilves

The Finnish forward signed an ELC earlier this year.

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

According to Finnish club Ilves, Arizona Coyotes prospect Matias Maccelli will continue his development on loan in his home country until further notice.

Maccelli, selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (98th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, had recently completed an impressive rookie season in the Finnish SM-Liiga, the highest level of hockey in the country.

In 43 regular-season games, Maccelli scored 13 goals and registered a total of 30 points - an excellent performance from the 19-year-old left winger.

His strong performances saw him named Rookie of the Year and earn a spot on Finland’s World Junior Championships roster - a tournament in which he scored two goals and had five total points in seven games.

Having been drafted out of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, Maccelli’s progress has been extremely positive and will give the organization plenty of belief that he can crack the NHL roster in the next couple of seasons.

This belief was apparent when the Arizona Coyotes and Maccelli agreed to a three-year entry-level contract back in April.

It was generally believed that he would play for the Tucson Roadrunners during the 2020/21 season, as previously reported by Craig Morgan, but with the current world climate, it appears that the Coyotes are hedging their bets and keeping one of their top prospects in a stable situation until it becomes clear how the AHL will resume play.

Per the Ilves official website (Finnish), Maccelli’s loan extension will run ‘until further notice’, leaving the possibility that he can head to North America when the Coyotes organization feels is the right time.

Ilves is set to return to pre-season training camp on August 3rd, getting one of the most promising players in the Coyotes’ system ready to play competitive hockey fairly soon.