Coyotes set 23-man roster, return Strome to junior league
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Coyotes expect great things from center Dylan Strome, their first pick in the 2015 draft, but they don’t believe the 18-year-old is strong enough yet to face the rigors of a full NHL season.
Strome, the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, was among the final three players trimmed from the roster as the team cut down to the 23-player limit for the start of the season on Friday. He was returned to his junior team in Erie.
"Dylan had a terrific training camp," General Manager Don Maloney told Dave Vest of the team’s official web site. "However, he is still a very young man who will be able to mature away from the NHL spotlight. He has all the ingredients we like in a player — intelligent, competitive and skilled. He simply needs more time to work on his strength and quickness. He will be an important player for us in the future."
Head coach Dave Tippett said Strome understood the team’s reasoning.
"Right now his mind and his anticipation and thinking the game is strong enough, but his body needs to get stronger," Tippett said. "He understands that."
The other roster moves involved assigning left wing Matthias Plachta and goaltender Louis Domingue to Springfield of the American Hockey League.
The season-opening roster features 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Forwards: Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Chipchura, Shane Doan, Max Domi, Steve Downie, Anthony Duclair, Boyd Gordon, Martin Hanzal, Jordan Martinook, Broad Richardson, Tobias Rieder, John Scott, Antoine Vermette and Joe Vitale.
Defensemen: Klas Dahlbeck, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Stefan Elliott, Nicklas Grossman, Zbynek Michalek, Connor Murphy and Michael Stone.
Goalies: Anders Lindback and Mike Smith.