Arizona Coyotes Player News: All Positions

News: The Coyotes recalled Capobianco from AHL Tucson on Monday.
Impact: Niklas Hjalmarsson is out for about three months with a cracked fibula, so the Coyotes will afford 22-year-old blueliner Capobianco the first call up. However, it's unsettled whether Capobianco can be a long-term replacement for Hjalmarsson. The two defensemen play different styles, as Hjalmarsson is a stay-at-home player while Capobianco racked up 32 points in 40 AHL games last year. Capobianco's first chance to play will be Tuesday in Winnipeg.
News: Hjalmarsson has a cracked fibula and will miss around three months, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hjalmarsson left Saturday's loss to the Avalanche early after blocking Erik Johnson's slap shot, and after additional testing, the injury is severe. This is a major loss for the Coyotes' blue line, as Hjalmarsson is a top lockdown defenseman. He'll aim for a January return, although the timeline is just an approximation. Expect the Coyotes to call up another blueliner from AHL Tucson for now and place Hjalmarsson on injured reserve, although they may have to trade for a long-term solution.
News: Hinostroza posted an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The winger has had a quiet start to the season, as the helper is Hinostroza's first point this year. He's only managed five shots on goal in four games -- the product of being stuck on the fourth line.
News: Keller managed an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Keller dished a pass to Nick Schmaltz for the goal that ultimately forced overtime. With three assists in four games, Keller's resembling the playmaking winger that posted 42 assists and 65 points in 82 contests in 2017-18. He's not afraid to shoot either -- the 21-year-old has 10 shots on goal this season.
News: Goligoski posted an assist, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Goligoski had to log big minutes after Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body) exited the contest in the first period. He reward his fantasy owners with a solid performance. The 34-year-old's assist was his first point in four games, and he's generated 10 shots on goal and eight hits in that span. In 2018-19, Goligoski dipped below the 30-point mark for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. He may struggle to get back over that threshold, but the Minnesota native has topped 140 blocked shots in each of the last six seasons, and he's played in 76 or more contests in each of those campaigns.
News: Ekman-Larsson had an assist and four shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The Swedish defenseman set up Michael Grabner's third-period tally to help the Coyotes get on the board. It's Ekman-Larsson's first point of the season, but he's helped fantasy owners with nine shots on goal, eight hits and seven blocked shots in four games this year.
News: Crouse (upper body) had two hits and a shot on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The rough-and-tumble winger now has nine hits through three games this season, but he hasn't generated any offense. Expect Crouse to see continued usage as a middle-six winger.
News: Schmaltz scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Make that goals in back-to-back games for the 23-year-old forward. His tally was enough to force overtime, where the Avalanche's Andre Burakovsky spoiled the comeback. Schmaltz will get his chances as a top-six winger for the Coyotes, as he looks to regain the 50-point status he had in 2017-18 with the Blackhawks.
News: Grabner scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Grabner's first goal of the year made it a 2-1 deficit for the Coyotes in the third period. The 32-year-old winger is a speedy player, and he's topped 20 goals four times in his career. Last year, the Austrian winger had nine goals and 16 points in 41 games, but six of those tallies came shorthanded. Despite his fourth-line deployment, Grabner could be a valuable depth scorer for fantasy owners, especially in formats where shorthanded points are counted.
News: Raanta allowed three goals on 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche on Saturday.
Impact: Playing in a regular-season contest for the first time since November of 2018, Raanta looked pretty good. He kept the Avalanche off the board for the first two periods, and he can't be faulted for the overtime goal after a defensive breakdown in front of him. After missing most of last season with a lower-body injury, Raanta appears to be set to challenge Darcy Kuemper for starts. Expect the latter to tend twine Tuesday in Winnipeg, however.
News: Hjalmarsson (lower body) was injured blocking a shot in the first period and will not return to Saturday's game versus the Avalanche, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Impact: Hjalmarsson was unable to finish the first period, and it was reported he would not return in the second period. The Swedish defender is a shot-blocking machine -- he had 187 in 82 games last season. Ultimately, this injury is a bigger loss on the ice than in fantasy. If Hjalmarsson misses any additional games, Ilya Lyubushkin would likely come into the lineup.
News: Crouse (upper body) will play Saturday against the Avalanche.
Impact: Crouse will slot into a third-line role with the Yotes after missing the team's last contest, a 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights. The 22-year-old has yet to find the scoresheet in two appearances this season.
News: Crouse (upper body) will be a game-time decision Saturday in Colorado, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crouse missed the Coyotes' last game but appears close to returning after head coach Rick Tocchet called him a "game-time decision" following the team's morning skate. Once healthy, the 22-year-old figures to slot back into a bottom-six role for the Yotes.
News: Lyubushkin was called up from AHL Tucson on Friday.
Impact: Lyubushkin narrowly missed making the Opening Night roster, but he's back in the NHL after a little over a week. The Russian defenseman had four assists and 150 hits in 41 games last year, his first in North America.
News: Capobianco was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Friday.
Impact: The defender was with the parent club for three games, but served as a healthy scratch each time. Capobianco will now have a chance to get regular playing time in the minors. Ilya Lyubushkin was called up in a related move.
News: Goligoski led his team with 21:42 of ice time during a 4-1 win over Vegas on Thursday.
Impact: Alongside Niklas Hjalmarsson, Goligoski saw 3:58 of his ice time shorthanded as the Coyotes killed off all four Golden Knights power plays. He also added three shots on goal, a hit and three blocks in the contest. Last season was the 34-year-old's worst in terms of offensive production with just 27 points, but he's still a reliable defender for the 'Yotes in his own end.
News: Oesterle notched an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The 27-year-old defenseman got his first point of the year on Conor Garland's second tally in the contest. Oesterle recorded 20 points and 139 blocked shots in 71 games last season, providing a little depth scoring from a bottom-four deployment.
News: Hayton picked up an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The fifth-overall pick from 2018 is on the scoreboard now, setting up Nick Schmaltz's first period tally for his first career point. Hayton was listed on the second line but skated a team-low 11:24 in his debut. He'll get more minutes as time goes on, although he may have to battle for playing time when Lawson Crouse (upper body) returns, potentially within the next week.
News: Soderberg had two assists, three hits and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Soderberg set up the first and last goals in the contest. It's the first two points for the Swedish center with the Coyotes after an offseason trade from the Avalanche. He had 49 points in 82 games last year, but his new team isn't known for having a strong offense, which could cause his numbers to dip.
News: Hjalmarsson scored a goal on two shots and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The veteran defenseman is not a noted scorer, but his first goal of the season produced the final score. Hjalmarsson had 10 points (all assists) in 82 games last season, while blocking a career-high 187 shots. The Swede should continue to be valuable on the ice, but it's not likely to translate well in the fantasy game.
News: Schmaltz scored a goal and fired a team-high five shots on goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Schmaltz, like the Coyotes as a whole, started the year a bit slow on offense, but he was able to pot his first goal of the year Thursday. Schmaltz had 52 points in 78 games with the Blackhawks in 2017-18 before an injury-ravaged campaign last season limited him to 25 points in 40 contests. The 23-year-old should see his chances as long as he stays in the top-six.
News: Garland scored twice and blocked three shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The fourth-line winger showed a nose for goal despite skating only 11:36 in the contest. Coach Rick Tocchet is sure to appreciate Garland's defensive contributions as well. Garland is the only Coyote with multiple goals this season, and if he can continue to produce, he could rise on the depth chart.
News: Kuemper allowed only one goal on 38 shots in a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Only Shea Theodore could put the rubber in the twine behind Kuemper, and that came as a very late first-period goal. Kuemper is locked in, having allowed only four games over three starts. He's doing exactly what he needed to do to grab hold of the starting job over Antti Raanta. The Coyotes' next game comes Saturday in Colorado, which would be a challenging test for Kuemper if he gets the nod.
News: Crouse (upper body) has yet to return to practice, NHL.com's Alan Robinson reports.
Impact: Crouse will need to be a full participant in at least one practice before getting the green light to rejoin the lineup, so he can be considered out indefinitely until that occurs. Once healthy, the 22-year-old winger will return to a bottom-six role for the Coyotes.
News: Kuemper will defend the blue paint during Thursday's home game against Vegas, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Impact: Kuemper has been razor sharp early on this season, maintaining an impressive 1.54 GAA and .945 save percentage through his first two starts, but he suffered losses in both of those contests due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The 6-foot-5 netminder will look to stay dialed in while attempting to pick up his first win of the campaign in a home matchup with a Golden Knights team that's averaged 4.00 goals per contest through its first three games of the season.
News: Raanta will start Saturday's game in Colorado, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Impact: Raanta will watch Darcy Kuemper face the Golden Knights on Thursday before making his season debut Saturday. The oft-injured Finnish netminder appears to be locked in a near-even timeshare with Kuemper.
News: Hayton will make his NHL debut Thursday against the Golden Knights.
Impact: This is a much-anticipated development, as Hayton was the fifth overall selection in the 2018 NHL draft. The 19-year-old forward is expected to skate in a top-six role from the get-go, and dynasty league owners should pay attention.
News: Crouse is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Richard Morin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Crouse has a few days to recover before Thursday's home game versus the Golden Knights. Through two games, Crouse hasn't recorded a point but he's dished out seven hits in a bottom-six role. If Crouse isn't healthy by Thursday, Barrett Hayton figures to make his NHL debut in his place.
News: Dvorak has gone scoreless while averaging just 13:51 of ice time through the first two games of the campaign.
Impact: Dvorak is skating on the Coyotes' second line, but he isn't seeing any time on the man advantage, which is limiting his chances to contribute on the score sheet. However, Arizona's offense has struggled as a whole thus far, potting just one goal through its first two contests, so it's not like Dvorak's struggles are unique from a team standpoint. The 23-year-old forward will hope to get going Thursday against Vegas.
News: Schmaltz has gone scoreless while posting a minus-1 rating and one shot on goal through the first two games of the campaign.
Impact: The Coyotes have struggled as whole thus far, managing just one goal as a team through their first two contests, so there's no need to panic about Schmaltz' lack of production just yet. The 23-year-old is locked into a top-six role and a spot on Arizona's second power-play unit, so opportunities to crack the score sheet will undoubtedly arise sooner rather than later. He'll look to notch his first point of 2019-20 in Thursday's home clash with the Golden Knights.
News: Kuemper stopped 25 of 26 shots in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Boston.
Impact: Kuemper lost his second straight start to open the season despite having turned aside 52 of the 55 shots he's faced in those two contests. The Coyotes have provided just one goal in Kuemper's two starts heading into Thursday's tilt against Vegas. Despite the zero in the win column, Kuemper's early-season performance is an encouraging sign that last year's 2.33 GAA and .925 save percentage were no fluke.
News: Raanta was recalled from AHL Tucson on Saturday.
Impact: Raanta's promotion comes as no surprise after he led AHL Tucson to a 2-0 win in its season opener, making 19 saves in the process. Now back in the NHL, the veteran netminder should see a sizeable workload with the Coyotes but will be challenged for reps by fellow veteran Darcy Kuemper.
News: Hill was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Saturday.
Impact: Hill served as Darcy Kuemper's backup while Antti Raanta (lower body) was on a conditioning stint in Tucson. Raanta is healthy and back with the big club, however, so Hill will continue his development in the minors. The 23-year-old likely won't get a chance in the NHL this season unless Kuemper and Raanta get hurt or struggle badly.
News: Kuemper will start in the home crease for Saturday's game versus the Bruins, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Impact: Kuemper played admirably in the season opener against the Ducks as he steered away 27 of 29 shots, but the Coyotes' offense couldn't find its groove and the team lost 2-1. The Bruins present a tougher test since they scored 3.13 goals per game last year, 11th in the league, to go along with the third-ranked power play at 25.9 percent. Kuemper will need to be on top of his game to earn his first win of the season.
News: Raanta (lower body) stopped all 19 shots he faced in Friday's 2-0 win over AHL Texas.
Impact: Raanta, appearing in game action for the first time since November, did very well for AHL Tucson in their season opener. He faced 15 shots over the first two periods of the game before a quiet finish to the contest. Raanta may need more time to get fully up to speed. If he stays in the minors for another game, he'll face AHL San Antonio on Sunday. Raanta will likely split time with Darcy Kuemper when he returns to the parent club.
News: Ekman-Larsson had three blocked shots, two shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Ekman-Larsson missed the last game of the preseason with an illness, but that should be behind the Swedish blueliner, who skated 22:27 in Thursday's contest. The 28-year-old has registered double-digit goals in each of the last six seasons, and he's reached the 40-point threshold in five of those campaigns.
News: Keller produced a helper in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Encouragingly, Keller's assist came on a goal by Derek Stepan with the other assist by newcomer Phil Kessel. Keller suffered the dreaded sophomore slump with 47 points in 82 games last year, but the Coyotes' top line should be a threat to score a large number of goals this year. That potential could see Keller top the 65 points he posted in his rookie season.
News: Kessel registered an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Kessel's helper came on a goal by his new center, Derek Stepan. In due time, Kessel is likely to pot a few goals of his own, even if the chemistry with his new teammates takes a little time. The Wisconsin native has posted 11 straight 20-goal campaigns, and he reached 30 goals six times in that span.
News: Stepan scored a goal on four shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Stepan's tally came with assists from wingers Phil Kessel and Clayton Keller. While the Coyotes' offense wasn't strong in the season opener, if that top-line trio can click, all three could be potent fantasy options. Stepan in particular could be a fantasy asset, as he had recorded between 53 and 57 points in the five years prior to only registering 35 points last season.
News: Kuemper allowed a pair of goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Kuemper was fine, but 29-year-old will need more than a goal of support from his offense if he's going to earn wins this year. With Antti Raanta (lower body) sidelined, Kuemper projects as the starter for Saturday's tilt against the Bruins. When both goalies are healthy, coach Rick Tocchet will likely ride the hot hand, which could be frustrating for fantasy owners this year.
News: Ekman-Larsson is in the projected lineup for Thursday's regular-season opener against Anaheim, NHL.com's Dan Arritt reports.
Impact: Ekman-Larsson missed Saturday's preseason finale due to an illness, but he was always expected to be ready to rock for Thursday's contest. The 28-year-old Swede, who notched 14 goals and 44 points in 81 games last campaign, will skate on the Coyotes' top pairing and first power-play unit against the Ducks.
News: Comrie has yet to join the Coyotes due to visa issues, Catherine Silverman of The Athletic Arizona reports.
Impact: Comrie was claimed off waivers after he was waived by Winnipeg, and still hasn't met his new team. The 2013 second round pick posted a 2.69 GAA and .917 save percentage with AHL Manitoba last season, and will likely head to the AHL anyways. With Comrie waiting on a visa, and Antti Raanta (lower body) heading to the minors for a conditioning stint, Adin Hill is expected to back up starter Darcy Kuemper.
News: Hill was recalled by the Coyotes on Wednesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Antti Raanta (lower body) headed to AHL Tucson for a conditioning stint, Hill will travel with the Coyotes to Anaheim for Thursday's season opener. The Coyotes have no back-to-back games on the horizon, so Hill will likely head back to the minors before he gets any action.
News: Raanta (lower body) was assigned to AHL Tucson for a conditioning stint, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Raanta won't be with the Coyotes for their trip to Anaheim on Thursday, as he'll head down to the minors after dealing with a lower-body issue for over a week. Tuscon plays Friday versus AHL Texas and Sunday against AHL San Antonio, so Raanta figures to ascend back to the big club following one of those contests if he can stay healthy. For the time being, Adin Hill will travel with the Coyotes to serve as Darcy Kuemper's backup.
News: Kuemper will patrol the crease in Thursday's regular-season opener on the road against the Ducks, Catherine Silverman of The Athletic Arizona reports.
Impact: Kuemper played well during Arizona's preseason schedule, posting a 2-1-0 record while registering an impressive 1.83 GAA and .943 save percentage in three appearances. The 29-year-old, who just signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract extension with the Coyotes, will look to pick up his first victory of the 2019-20 campaign in a favorable road matchup with an Anaheim team that only averaged 2.61 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 30th in the NHL.
News: The Coyotes recalled Fischer from AHL Tucson on Wednesday.
Impact: Arizona sent Fischer to the minors Tuesday, but that was simply a paper transaction that was made to manipulate the salary cap. However, the 22-year-old winger, who notched 11 goals and 18 points in 71 games last campaign, is currently on the outside looking in in terms of a spot in the Coyotes' top 12, so he may start the season as a healthy scratch Thursday against Anaheim.
News: Arizona recalled Capobianco from AHL Tucson on Wednesday.
Impact: The Coyotes only had six defensemen on their roster prior to Capobianco's promotion, so he'll round out the team's blue-line depth for the foreseeable future. The 2015 third-round pick racked up seven goals and 32 points in 40 minor-league appearances last season, so he's clearly capable of contributing offensively from the back end.
News: Kuemper signed a two-year contract extension worth $4.5 million annually Wednesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Coyotes appear to be putting their faith in Kuemper as their starter moving forward by locking down the 29-year-old netminder for the next three years (he has one year remaining at $1.85 million from his previous deal). He'll still need to hold off Antti Raanta (lower body), who is being paid $4.25 million per year, but Kuemper outperformed him last year, posting a .925 save percentage, 2.33 GAA and a 27-20-8 record. Kuemper's expected to be between the pipes for Thursday's season-opener against the Ducks
News: Fischer was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Tuesday, Richard Morin of Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Fischer was beat out by Barrett Hayton for the last forward spot on the roster and will likely be a top threat for Tucson. Last campaign, the Chicago native produced 18 points in 71 NHL games for Arizona. Fischer will likely be one of the first call-ups should injuries arise within the forward group.
News: The Coyotes assigned Lyubushkin to AHL Tucson on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lyubushkin was one of the Coyotes' final cuts, so he'll start the season in the minors. The 25-year-old blueliner played in 41 NHL games last year, recording four assists and a minus-9 rating, but he's never suited up in the AHL. This will be a solid opportunity for the Russian to develop in a top-four role, and he'll still likely be one of the first call ups in the event of injury.
News: Hayton has made the Coyotes' Opening Night roster.
Impact: Hayton was pretty solid during preseason play, notching one goal and two assists in five appearances. The fifth overall pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, who racked up 26 goals and 40 points in 39 games with OHL Sault Ste. Marie's last year, will likely start the season in a bottom-six role, but could see top-six minutes at some point if he impresses early on.
News: The Coyotes claimed Comrie off waivers Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Comrie spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Manitoba, compiling a 25-20-2 record while posting a 2.69 GAA and .917 save percentage in 47 appearances. The 2013 second-round pick will compete with Ivan Prosvetov for playing time with Arizona's minor-league affiliate in 2019-20.
News: Ekman-Larsson will miss Saturday's preseason matchup with the Ducks due to an illness.
Impact: Ekman-Larsson has recovered from the minor procedure he underwent earlier in the offseason and is simply under the weather. Expect him to suit up against these same Ducks for Opening Night on Thursday.
News: Hinostroza (lower body) returned to the lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with Vancouver.
Impact: Hinostroza failed to tally a point during Thursday's 4-2 win over the Canucks, but coach Rich Tocchet leaned on him throughout the contest. The 25-year-old pivot logged 19:04 of ice time against Vancouver, 3:53 of which came on the man advantage. The former Blackhawk will fill a middle-six role while seeing time on Arizona's second power-play unit in 2019-20.
News: Capobianco (lower body) made his preseason debut Thursday against Vancouver, racking up three shots on goal while registering 19:28 of ice time.
Impact: Capobianco was highly productive in the minors last season, racking up seven goals and 32 points in 40 appearances. The 22-year-old blueliner will likely start the season with AHL Tucson, but he'll be one of the first players the Coyotes turn to when dealing with injuries throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Raanta is considered day-to-day due to a lower-body injury.
Impact: At this point it doesn't look like Raanta is dealing with anything overly serious, but it's always disconcerting to see his name pop up on the injury list, as he has constantly battled through injuries since joining the Coyotes in 2017-18, limiting him to just 59 appearances over that span. The 30-year-old Finn will likely sit out the remainder of Arizona's preseason schedule, but another update on his condition will undoubtedly be released prior to the Coyotes' Oct. 3 regular-season opener against Anaheim.
News: Hjalmarsson (illness) is in the lineup for Saturday night's preseason game against the Ducks.
Impact: Hjalmarsson was under the weather for a couple of days but will skate on Arizona's second defensive pairing for Saturday's preseason contest. The 32-year-old dressed in all 82 games a year ago, finishing his campaign with 10 assists.
News: Hjalmarsson is currently dealing with an illness, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hjalmarsson may miss a few practices and perhaps even a preseason match or two, but at this point he isn't in any danger of missing the Coyotes' Opening Night matchup with Anaheim. Another update on the shot-blocking guru's condition should surface once he's cleared to rejoin his teammates.
News: Hinostroza is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Coyotes don't have another exhibition match until Saturday against Anaheim, and Hinostroza's issue isn't believed to be overly serious, so he may not be forced to miss any game action. The 25-year-old American, who set career highs in goals (16), assists (23) and games played (72) last season, is expected to fill a middle-six role while also skating on one of Arizona's power-play units during the upcoming campaign.
News: Stepan (knee) scored a goal in Tuesday's preseason game versus the Kings.
Impact: Stepan finished the 2018-19 season with a torn MCL, but he had played through the pain. The 29-year-old forward looks ready to rock for the new season, scoring an unassisted goal 3:30 into the second period. He's looking to bounce back from an unimpressive 35-point campaign -- the lowest of his career -- and he'll have the help of new winger Phil Kessel.
News: Kuemper will defend the cage on the road in Tuesday's split squad matchup versus the Kings, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Impact: Kuemper will take the road game while Antti Raanta start in the home clash Tuesday. The two netminder will likely be competing for minutes throughout the 2019-20 campaign and could end up splitting the starts evenly. Who gets the nod Opening Night versus the Ducks on Oct. 3 remains to be seen.
News: Raanta (lower body) will tend the twine in the home game of Tuesday's split squad clashes against Los Angeles, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Impact: Raanta will return to action after missing the bulk of the 2018-19 campaign due to a lower-body injury. Heading into the upcoming season, the Finn will likely be forced to split time with Darcy Kuemper, unless one of the two netminders can separate himself from the other.
News: Schmaltz (lower body) registered three shots and a minus-4 rating in 17:28 of ice time versus Vegas on Sunday.
Impact: Schmaltz was back on the ice after missing the second half of the 2018-19 campaign due to a lower-body issue. The center also saw 5:17 of ice time with the man advantage and should see significant power-play minutes this season along with a top-six role. Prior to getting hurt, the 23-year-old racked up 14 points in 17 appearances for the Yotes following his mid-season move from Chicago and is capable of topping the 40-point threshold in 2019-20.
News: Lyubushkin opened the scoring in Sunday's 6-2 preseason road loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: This was a nice rocket from the point for Lyubushkin, who is more of a stay-at-home defenseman. He didn't score at all as a rookie, but the Russian tacked on 150 hits and 61 blocked shots over 41 games. The Coyotes are still seeing where Lyubushkin fits in, hence how he's on a one-year contract.
News: Kallgren made eight saves on nine shots in Sunday's 6-2 preseason road loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: The 22-year-old rookie relieved Adin Hill and ended up playing 17:55 in the final frame. Kallgren -- who was Arizona's seventh-round (No. 183 overall) draft pick in 2015 -- yielded a shorthanded goal to defenseman Brayden McNabb, but otherwise looked sharp in his first North American contest.
News: Hill pushed aside only 17 of 21 shots in Sunday's 6-2 preseason road loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: All four goals against Hill took place in 5-on-5 situations. Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta (lower body) are clearly listed ahead of him on the depth chart, but there's a chance he could surface on the parent-club roster -- as opposed to AHL Tuscon -- if Raanta needs more time to recover.
News: Ekman-Larsson underwent a minor procedure over the summer and will be eased into training camp.
Impact: The Coyotes didn't release any specifics regarding Ekman-Larsson's procedure, but he's expected to be fully healthy in time for the team's regular-season opener against the Ducks. The 28-year-old Swede will be looking to build off the 14 goals and 44 points he posted last season in 2019-20.
News: Keller signed an eight-year, $57.2 million contract extension with Arizona on Wednesday.
Impact: Keller took a step back last year from an offensive standpoint, totaling 14 goals and 47 points in 82 games, but he showed his immense potential as a playmaker and a scorer during his rookie campaign in 2017-18, racking up 23 goals and 65 points in 82 appearances. The 21-year-old forward is a prime bounce-back candidate for the 2019-20 season, and should threaten the 20-goal, 70-point marks on an annual basis for the duration of his monster deal with the Coyotes. Arizona is a team on the rise, and Keller is poised to be a huge part of the team's ascension.
News: Hill signed a one-year, two-way contract with Arizona on Saturday.
Impact: Hill was a restricted free agent and received a qualifying offer from the Coyotes in late June, and now he'll officially remain in the organization. The 23-year-old spent last season in the minors and posted a 16-19-2 record with a 2.61 GAA and .906 save percentage.