Arizona Coyotes Player News: All Positions

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.
News: Mayo signed a one-year, two-way deal with Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Mayo recorded just two goals and six points in 67 games with AHL Tucson last season and has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old blueliner will likely spend most o the 2019-20 season at the minor-league level again and won't have much fantasy value if he does earn an NHL promotion.
News: Soderstrom signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Sunday.
Impact: Arizona took the 18-year-old Swede was selected 11th overall by Arizona in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. With his entry-level deal already signed, the Coyotes could be looking to bring Soderstrom over to AHL Tucson to start next season. He already has experience in the SHL -- Sweden's top hockey league -- and looked quite impressive during his time there.
News: Fasching inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Friday.
Impact: Fasching spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season with AHL Tucson, notching 16 goals and 33 points in 64 games. The 2013 fourth-round pick will likely spend most, if not all of the upcoming campaign in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.
News: Bunting signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Friday.
Impact: Bunting spent most of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, racking up 19 goals and 41 points in 52 games, but he also made five appearances with the big club, scoring one goal over that span. The 23-year-old will likely have a similar role in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.
News: Crouse landed a three-year, $4.6 million contract with Arizona on Tuesday.
Impact: It's a solid bridge deal for Crouse, as he set career highs in goals (11) assists (14) and shots (131) in 2018-19. The 21-year-old could feature on the same line as the newly acquired Phil Kessel, which would bolster his fantasy value and see him push for the 40-point mark this year.
News: Bennett signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Monday.
Impact: Bennett was supposed to spend the 2018-19 campaign with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, but he was cut loose by the team after failing to live up to expectations through the first five games of the season. The 27-year-old last played in North America in 2017-18 when he racked up 12 goals and 57 points in 60 appearances with AHL Chicago. The 2010 first-round pick will likely spend most of the upcoming campaign in the minors, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him join the big club for a game or two on occasion.
News: Ness signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Monday.
Impact: Ness had been deployed sparingly with the Capitals, with the left-shot defenseman registering only 18 games over a three-year span. Arizona generally lacks experience on the bottom defensive pairings, meaning Ness should have an easier time finding top-level work than he did in Washington. However, the two-way nature of his contract makes it likely that he'll spend some time in the minors. This is a player to avoid in fantasy until Ness proves he can handle a permanent NHL gig.
News: Miele signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Monday.
Impact: It's not often that you see a player take his talents overseas only to lobby for another shot at the NHL, but Miele's chances of evolving into a full-time player with the Coyotes are slim to none considering he hasn't seen top-level play since the 2013-14 campaign.
News: Prosvetov signed an entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Monday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 'Yotes went after Prosvetov with a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 114 overall). Listed at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, he's a 20-year-old netminder who went 36-11-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .910 save percentage through 53 games with OHL Saginaw this past season. There shouldn't be any immediate fantasy interest in Prosvetov since he has yet to embark on professional play, but he's at worth keeping tabs on, as the 'Yotes currently don't have any goalies signed beyond 2020-21.
News: Panik is expected to join Washington when free agency begins, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Washington would be the fifth NHL team that Panik has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. The 28-year-old forward scored 33 points for Arizona last season, his third consecutive 30-point campaign. He should provide quality depth scoring for the Capitals assuming he does sign with the team.
News: Pickard is expected to sign a deal with Detroit when free agency opens up, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Pickard has suited up for four different NHL teams, most recently the Coyotes last season. He owns a .908 save percentage and 2.93 GAA across 104 NHL appearances. Should he sign with Detroit, he'll compete with Jonathan Bernier and Jimmy Howard for playing time.
News: Birks, Phil Kessel and a 2021 fourth-round pick were traded to the Coyotes from the Penguins on Saturday in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
Impact: Birks signed with Pittsburgh on a two-year, entry-level contract in March 2018 and had one goal and 13 assists in 65 games with ECHL Wheeling last season. As a 2013 sixth-rounder who's yet to see an NHL game, Birks being part of the blockbuster trade is just a dart for Arizona.
News: Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick were acquired by the Coyotes from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Kessel appeared to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota earlier in June, but Pittsburgh was able to reach another deal around his limited no-trade clause. The 31-year-old had 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins and added 56 points in 65 playoff games, which included a pair of Stanley Cup championships. Kessel has been a stalwart since 2010, having missed games in only one of the last nine seasons.
News: Miska didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Coyotes on Tuesday, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Arizona decided to qualify goaltender Adin Hill on Tuesday, making Miska the odd-man-out. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product will hope to land a two-way deal with a different organization once free agency kicks off.
News: The Coyotes sent Mayo a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Mayo was with AHL Tucson for the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign, tallying six points while posting a minus-3 rating in 67 games. The 2014 fifth-round pick will likely have a similar role within Arizona's organization in 2019-20.
News: Hill received a qualifying offer from Arizona on Tuesday.
Impact: Hill spent most of the 2018-19 season in the minors, compiling a 16-19-2 record while posting a 2.61 GAA and .906 save percentage in 36 appearances. The 2015 third-round pick is expected to reprise his role as AHL Tucson's starter in 2019-20.
News: The Coyotes extended Bunting a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Bunting only appeared in five games with the big club this season, scoring one goal over that span, but he was pretty impressive during his time in the minors, racking up 19 goals and 41 points in 52 contests. The 2014 fourth-round pick will compete for a spot on Arizona's Opening Night roster during training camp.
News: Fasching received a qualifying offer from the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Impact: Fasching spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season in the minors, picking up 16 goals and 33 points in 64 contests. He'll likely get an invite to Arizona's training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him stick with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate again in 2019-20.
News: Archibald was not given a qualifying offer by Arizona prior to Tuesday's deadline, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Archibald set career highs this season in games played (68), goals (12) and assists (10), so it's a little surprising to see the club let him hit free agency. Considering he carried a reasonable $675,000 cap hit, the 26-year-old winger should have no problem finding a landing spot for the 2019-20 campaign and could push for a regular spot in the 23-man roster.
News: Cousins was not given a qualifying offer by the Coyotes and will thus become an unrestricted free agent, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Arizona opted against keeping Cousins, who would have been arbitration eligible after playing over four seasons with the club. Coming off a career-best, 25-point campaign, Cousins should have no trouble locking down a bottom-six role somewhere around the NHL. He turns 26 in July.
News: Crouse was handed a qualifying offer by the Coyotes on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crouse would earn just $874,125 on a two-way deal under the terms of his offer, but after putting up 11 goals and 14 helpers in 81 outings this season, the team likely wants to extend him to a longer term contract. Looking ahead to 2019-20, the 21-year-old should be capable of pushing for the 40-point mark in a top-six role.
News: Maccelli was drafted 98th overall by the Coyotes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Maccelli is the latest in a growing number of Finnish players who have decided to hone their craft in the USHL. While most of them eventually go on to play collegiate hockey in the United States, Maccelli is due to return home to suit up for Ilves in Liiga next season. This past season, Maccelli finished third in USHL scoring with 31 goals and 72 points in 62 games. His game has improved in each of the past three seasons and Maccelli has top-six potential if everything breaks right. There is a whole bunch of skill here and Arizona will keep an eye on its latest property as he gets set to head back to Europe this coming fall.
News: Farinacci was drafted 76th overall by the Coyotes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Unlike most of the other top American players selected in this draft, Farinacci played this past season with the Dexter School (US high school) instead of the NTDP. Given the offensive depth in Ann Arbor these days, that was likely the right decision. Farinacci was widely viewed as the top New England prep player available in the class, and that alone made him popular among scouts. He has the look of a useful, two-way center who battles hard for pucks despite having nothing more than average (6-foot, 185 pounds) size. We will get a better read of Farinacci's long-term potential when he heads to Harvard this fall.
News: Soderstrom was drafted 11th overall by the Coyotes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. The pick was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on the draft floor.
Impact: Soderstrom is a good, all-round defender who played in SHL (Sweden) against men as a 17-year-old. He logged 20 minutes a game on the second pairing and ran the second power-play unit. That's impressive. Soderstrom is mobile with a good stick, but doesn't skate as well as other 5-foot-11 defenders. Still, his future is solid because of high hockey IQ and skill. As many scouts have said, Soderstrom is good at just about everything, but not great at anything. Sometimes being steady and solid in all zones is precisely what an NHL team needs. His fantasy future will be determined once he gains some muscle and grows his game.
News: Lyubushkin inked a one-year contract with Arizona on Friday.
Impact: Lyubushkin logged 41 games for the Coyotes this season in which he tallied four helpers, 13 PIM and 27 shots on net while averaging 13:44 of ice time. Given Arizona's depth, the defender probably will still struggle to find regular minutes this season, which will severely limit his fantasy value for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Murphy inked a two-year contract with Kunlun Red Star (KHL) on Friday.
Impact: Murphy was shipped from Arizona to Anaheim during the season, but was unable to break into the NHL with either team. Instead the blueliner appeared in 64 AHL games with Tucson and San Diego in which he recorded eight goals, 23 assists and 74 PIM. With no clear path to the NHL, the 23-year-old will look to jump-start his career in the KHL.
News: Russo secured a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday.
Impact: Russo led the AHL Tuscon blueliners in scoring during 2018-19, racking up six goals and 33 assists over 67 contests. The 26-year-old has seen action in just 13 NHL games so far in his career, but continued offensive success could make him a candidate to claim an NHL roster spot in the coming seasons.
News: Ullstrom has agreed to terms on a contract with Dinamo Riga of the KHL.
Impact: Ullstrom spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign in the AHL, notching 10 goals and 23 points in 29 contests with Tucson. The 30-year-old forward hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2012-13, and will almost certainly spend the rest of his professional playing career overseas.
News: Ekman-Larsson inked a one-year contract with BIK Karlskoga (Sweden) on Friday.
Impact: Ekman-Larsson -- a native of Karlskoga, Sweden -- spent the last two seasons playing in the minors with AHL Tucson, for which he tallied a mere three helpers in 53 appearances. Given his limited offensive production, the blueliner was unlikely to get any looks from NHL clubs, so a return to Sweden likely was an opportunity he couldn't pass up, though it probably signals the end of his chances to break into the NHL.