Player News - Coyotes

Date: Team: Pos:

Derek Stepan potted a goal while posting four shots and a block in Saturday's 6-1 preseason victory against the Ducks.

Stepan is expected to serve as the team's No. 1 center this season and he could be in line for big offensive production. If the Coyotes are better in the standing, and slight improvement is expected, perhaps his plus/minus rating won't be such a deterrent for those in fantasy pools affected by the category. He managed 14 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season while playing part of the season on a fractured foot.
Sep 23 - 1:01 AM

Lawson Crouse scored a pair of goals in Saturday's preseason rout of the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Crouse's second goal of the night was a pretty top shelf backhand wrist shot to beat Ryan Miller and make it 5-0 in the laugher. He worked hard at Tucson of the AHL last season trying to improve his offensive game and that work might be bearing fruit. Crouse is still not a recommended fantasy option at this juncture, but he is a player to watch early on if he gets hot.
Sep 23 - 12:57 AM

Alex Galchenyuk (groin) could be dealing with a serious injury.

It was first reported that Galchenyuk missed practice due to a 'maintenance' day, but it appears to be much more than that. "Alex is going to meet with our medical team and undergo further evaluation," head coach Rick Tocchet said. "We’ll know something next week with him." Usually if a player is dealing with a minor injury, he'll be labeled as day-to-day but that doesn't appear to be the case here. Arizona's center depth will be tested with Dylan Strome (upper body) and Christian Dvorak (lower body) also banged up.
Source: AZ Central
Sep 22 - 1:11 PM

Dylan Strome (upper body) hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

Strome didn't practice on Friday due to the ailment. While preseason contests aren't particularly important to veterans, Strome is still competing for a roster spot so missing an exhibition contest could be a real blow to him.
Sep 22 - 4:20 AM

Alex Galchenyuk's lower-body injury might have been sustained on Tuesday.

That's not confirmed, but Galchenyuk played in Tuesday's contest and then didn't skate on Wednesday for what was termed as maintenance. On Friday, the team revealed that he had the injury without providing any other details other than their plans to re-evaluate him next week. For what it's worth, Galchenyuk scored twice in Tuesday's preseason game. It would be unfortunate if an injury ended up delaying his Coyotes regular season debut.
Sep 22 - 4:18 AM

Dylan Strome is out with an upper-body injury.

Strome is just listed as day-to-day though, so he might not end up missing any regular season games. Still, this is unfortunate timing for Strome as he attempts to break into the Coyotes' lineup.
Sep 21 - 3:35 PM

Alex Galchenyuk is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Galchenyuk still needs to be evaluated, so it's not clear how long he will be out for. He had been impressive in training camp thus far after being acquired from Montreal in June.
Sep 21 - 3:34 PM

Christian Dvorak (lower body) hasn't been skating with the Coyotes so far in training camp.

Although Dvorak's injury has been classified as lower-body by the team, he's reportedly dealing with a back problem related to the one that cost him the final four games of the 2017-18 campaign. He's being listed as day-to-day and it remains to be seen if he'll be available for the season opener.
Sep 20 - 5:29 AM

Jakob Chychrun (knee) hasn't begun to skate yet with Arizona.

Chychrun is coming off ACL surgery after suffering a tear on April 3. Coyotes GM John Chayka did say that Chychrun's rehab is ahead of schedule, but the team is being cautious to avoid a potential re-injury. Consider him questionable for the start of the season.
Sep 20 - 5:27 AM

Kelly Klima was part of the Arizona Coyotes' first round of cuts.

Klima will report to AHL Tucson. He had 18 goals and 36 points in 58 QMJHL games in 2017-18 and was never expected to make the Coyotes, so this demotion was anticipated.
Sep 20 - 5:24 AM

Tyler Steenbergen was among Arizona's 14 roster cuts on Wednesday.

Steenbergen, Jordan Gross, Jacob Graves, Jalen Smereck, Kevin Ekman-Larsson and Kelly Klima were assigned to Tucson of the AHL. The Coyotes also returned Ivan Prosveto (Saginaw - OHL), David Tendeck (Vancouver - WHL), Kevin Bahl (Ottawa - OHL), Dennis Busby (Flint - OHL), Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa - OHL), Liam Kirk (Peterborough - OHL) and Nate Schnarr (Guelph - OHL) to their respective junior teams. Additionally, Jan Jenik was loaned to Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.
Sep 19 - 4:57 PM

Alex Galchenyuk has been impressive in his first training camp with Arizona.

"He's a special player, one of the most talented guys," Coyotes GM John Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Wednesday. "Now that I see him every day in practice, day in and day out, you really recognize the quality of his shot and plays he makes. He's a better playmaker than I gave him credit for. Last night, you see him with a one-timer and he just blows it by a goalie. I mean if you have that weapon on your power play it kind of changes that whole dynamic." Galchenyuk centered Arizona's top line between Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer on Tuesday night and he scored two goals in a 4-2 preseason win over Los Angeles.
Source: Dave Vest
Sep 19 - 3:59 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up three assists while doling out four assists in 23:44 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 preseason victory against the Kings.

Ekman-Larsson, who will serve as the fourth captain in the franchise history, should see more fantasy appeal this season since the Coyotes will be better and therefore so will his plus/minus rating will be better, too. In addition, he had a bit of a down year with just six power-play goals. He is still just 27 years old and he should be back in the 45-50 point range with a much better plus/minus rating and perhaps double-digit power-play goals, too. OEL is a solid rearguard target in the middle rounds on draft day.
Sep 19 - 2:33 AM

Alex Galchenyuk potted an even-strength goal and a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 preseason victory against the Kings.

Galchenyuk is being given an opportunity by the Coyotes to establish himself as an NHL center and he has excelled during training camp and the preseason so far. Derek Stepan, who had a pair of assists, is expected to be the team's top center, but Galchenyuk is likely to battle Dylan Strome for the second-line center assignment. Whomever wins the No. 2 job will be a solid fantasy option since he'll likely see his share of power-play minutes. The loser of the job will have minimal fantasy appeal to start the season.
Sep 19 - 2:23 AM

A big part of Christian Fischer's summer work was addressing his acceleration.

The Coyotes and Fischer weren't happy with how long he's taken to reach his top speed in the past, so he spent the summer working with skating coach Lars Hepso and team trainer JP Major. "We were out there doing things I couldn’t even imagine," Fischer said in reference to the skating drills he was put through. "We were jumping, landing on your outside edges and taking off, stopping. … It’s a lot of uncomfortable things, but eventually you get comfortable on your skates. When you get into a game, it’s going to be repetition where you already did this." He scored 15 goals and 33 points in 79 contests as a rookie in 2017-18.
Sep 18 - 5:05 AM


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