Arizona Coyotes Player News: All Positions

News: Emberson will serve as captain for the University of Wisconsin during the 2020-21 campaign, Todd D. Milewski fo the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Impact: Emberson will take over the role from departing blueliner Wyatt Kalynuk, as the Badgers look to recover from the departures of Alex Turcotte and K'Andre Miller ahead of next season. The 20-year-old Emberson notched just nine points in 33 collegiate appearances this past season and is known more for the defensive side of his game. Drafted by the Coyotes in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Wisconsin native has one more year of eligibility following the upcoming season, so fantasy owners in dynasty formats may not want to wait for him to make the jump to the pros.
News: AHL Tucson general manager Steve Sullivan said in an interview last week that Jenik (knee) is ready to resume skating, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jenik continues to progress well in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered at the World Junior Championships in December that required season-ending surgery. The forward will need to gradually increase the intensity of his skating before he's cleared for full-contact practices, but Sullivan expects that the 19-year-old will be "pretty darn close" to being back to full health in advance of the 2020-21 AHL season.
News: Richardson underwent groin and hip surgery two days after the season was paused in mid-March, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Richardson has evidently been playing through pain in his back and core throughout the season due to issues with his groin and hips, which at least can partly explain the steep drop-off in production he's experienced this season (six goals, 11 points) after racking up 19 goals and 27 points in 66 games a year ago. The 35-year-old pivot believes he'd likely be skating at this point if he had access to Arizona's training facility, and that he could be ready to play within a few weeks from a health standpoint, so if/when the NHL season resumes, he should be ready to rock.
News: Hall recorded 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games before prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
Impact: Hall's production with New Jersey (25 points in 30 games) and Arizona (27 in 35) this year have been similar, so it appears the mid-season change of scenery wasn't much of a spark for the 28-year-old. Seemingly mostly healthy after injury limited him to just 37 games in 2018-19, it's clear that Hall isn't currently the same player that piled up 93 points en route to an MVP award the year prior. If the regular season doesn't resume, the 2010 first overall pick could have already suited up for the last time with the Coyotes, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
News: Dvorak's 38 points this season are a new career high for the 24-year-old.
Impact: Already in his fourth NHL campaign, Dvorak was able to surpass his previous best of 37 points in eight less games (70 instead of 78 in 2017-18). The Illinois native was derailed by injury and limited to just 20 games last season, but his status as one of the Coyotes' top two centers on a team with some exciting young assets makes him someone to key on as he develops further.
News: Keller put up 17 goals and 44 points through 70 games in 2019-20 before the mid-March suspension of play.
Impact: With 12 games remaining on Arizona's docket, Keller likely would have challenged the 20-point plateau for the second time in his three NHL seasons. He's still largely failed to recapture the magic of of 65-point rookie output, but Keller is still just 21 and has plenty of time to develop on a young Coyotes squad still finding its identity.
News: Schmaltz amassed 11 goals and 34 assists in 70 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
Impact: It's somewhat hard to fathom, but the 24-year-old's unspectacular 45 points are actually second among Coyotes beyond Taylor Hall's 52 -- especially since they were only five points out of a playoff spot with 12 games remaining when play was halted. After an injury-plagued 2018-19, Schmaltz got back on track this year and would likely challenge his 52-point career high (2017-18 with Chicago) should the regular-season resume.
News: Maccelli agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Tuesday.
Impact: After two seasons in juniors with USHL Dubuque, Maccelli returned to his native Finland this year. In 43 outings for Ilves, the 19-year-old racked up 13 goals and 17 helpers. The winger figures to spend another year playing overseas before making a return to North America, where he will likely start out playing in the AHL.
News: Crotty inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Thursday.
Impact: Crotty had one more year of eligibility with Boston University but will instead make the jump to the professional ranks. In three seasons with the Terriers, the defenseman registered 10 goals and 17 assists in 102 collegiate appearances. The 20-year-old is unlikely to make his NHL debut next season, especially considering the club already has six regular NHL blueliners under contract for 2020-21.
News: Tendeck inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Monday.
Impact: In 35 appearances for WHL Vancouver this season, Tendeck registered an 18-13-2 record, .920 save percentage and 2.29 GAA. With a couple of netminders ahead of him on the organizational depth chart, including Adin Hill and Merrick Madsen, the 20-year-old could find himself playing in the ECHL for most of the 2020-21 campaign.
News: According to Garland (knee), if games were being played he would be available to suit up, telling Craig Morgan of The Athletic, "Had the season continued, I probably would have surprised people with how fast I came back. I could play right now."
Impact: Garland was putting together a fantastic sophomore campaign prior to the league shutdown, as he managed 22 goals and 17 helpers in 68 contests. If the regular season picks back up, the 23-year-old would need just one more tally to reach the 40-point threshold. Fantasy owners in keeper/dynasty leagues should definitely consider holding onto Garland heading into the 2020-21 season.
News: Chaput inked a one-year, two-way contract with Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Chaput appeared in just two games for Arizona this year, in which he notched two shots, two PIM and three hits while averaging 10:01 of ice time. In the minors, the 27-year-old racked up 16 goals and 13 helpers in 47 appearances. Even with the new deal in hand, the center figures to continue splitting time between leagues next year, which will limit his fantasy value.
News: Sucese signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Friday.
Impact: Sucese has spent the past four years at Penn. State University, racking up 61 goals and 140 points in 147 appearances. The 23-year-old forward will likely spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign adjusting to the pro game with AHL Tucson.
News: McGregor signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes on Thursday.
Impact: McGregor has been highly productive in the OHL over the past two campaigns, racking up 52 goals and 145 points in 113 games. The 2017 sixth-round pick will likely report to Arizona's minor-league affiliate if/when the AHL resumes its season.
News: Soderstrom will be in North America, whether it be with AHL Tucson or the Coyotes, for the 2020-21 campaign, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Arizona decided to ship Soderstrom back to his native Sweden for another year of development after taking him with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and he played pretty well in 2019-20, notching five goals and 16 points in 35 games with Brynas IF of the SHL. The gifted two-way defenseman will likely begin the 2020-21 campaign in the minors, but it would hardly be surprising to see him make his NHL debut at some point next season.
News: Chychrun (hip) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's clash with the Canucks, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Rick Tocchet told reporters that Chychrun had a "good" practice Wednesday, so the 21-year-old blueliner is likely closer to probable than questionable for Thursday's contest. Nonetheless, his status against Vancouver may not be confirmed until Arizona takes the ice for pregame warmups, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
News: Ness was placed on waivers by the Coyotes on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Ness's potential demotion could be an indication that Jakob Chychrun (hip) will be ready to play in Thursday's clash with Vancouver. Assuming he clears, the 29-year-old Ness will rejoin AHL Tucson, where he has registered two goals, seven helpers and 14 PIM in 17 appearances this season.
News: Kessel notched two assists and had six shots on goal in Monday's 4-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Kessel figured in on two goals by Nick Schmaltz in the first period as the Coyotes built a 2-0 lead. It was the first multi-point game for Kessel in nearly two months. He had been going through a bit of a dry spell in recent weeks, having entered the night with just one goal in his previous seven games. The 32-year-old has tallied 14 goals and 38 points in 70 games on the season.
News: Schmaltz scored twice and fired three shots on goal in Monday's 4-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Schmaltz tallied a beauty to open the scoring with 4:10 left in the first period, walking Winnipeg defenseman Neal Pionk and chipping it past Connor Hellebuyck for his 10th goal of the year. He added No. 11 just over four minutes later, depositing a Jason Demers rebound with two seconds left on the clock. More well known for his slick playmaking abilities and his preference to dish the puck, Schmaltz's two-goal performance was his first of the season. The 24-year-old has 45 points in 70 games this season, his first full year with the Coyotes.
News: Kuemper stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on Monday.
Impact: Kuemper was staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of first-period goals by Nick Schmaltz, but the Jets came storming back in the game's final 40 minutes. Kuemper owns a rock-solid .924 save percentage in four appearances since returning from a lower-body injury, but he's won just one of those four starts.
News: Garland (lower body) is expected to be sidelined for three weeks, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix.
Impact: Based on Garland's estimated timeline, Garland could miss the remainder of March, or possibly the rest of the 2019-20 campaign if the Yotes don't make the playoffs. With the winger unavailable, Christian Fischer figures to return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 20 versus St. Louis.
News: Chychrun (hip) will miss Monday's meeting with Winnipeg, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chychrun was sidelined for the Yotes the last six contests due to his hip problem. While coach Rick Tocchet indicated the defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup, he didn't provide a specific recovery timeline. Once given the green light, Chychrun figures to get back to logging over 22 minutes per night on the top pairing.
News: Kuemper will defend the cage on the road versus Winnipeg on Monday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kuemper has put together middling results since returning from a lower-body injury, as he has posted a 1-2-0 record, 2.37 GAA and .929 save percentage in his last three outings. If the netminder continues to struggle, coach Rick Tocchet could opt to give a few extra starts Antti Raanta's way down the stretch in order to help secure a playoff spot.
News: Garland suffered a lower-body injury in Friday's game against Calgary and is considered week-to-week.
Impact: Garland suffered the injury when he collided with goaltender Cam Talbot, and he returned to Arizona for further evaluation. The 23-year-old has been solid this season, racking up 22 goals and 39 points across 68 games. In his stead, look for Christian Fischer or Michael Grabner to enter the lineup Monday against Winnipeg.
News: Chychrun (hip) joined the team in Winnipeg on Sunday ahead of Monday's game.
Impact: Chychrun was originally not expected to join the team on its three-game road trip, but as evidenced by this news, the youngster seems ahead of schedule. The 21-year-old could certainly enter the lineup Monday, but there's no guarantee he'll do so. Chychrun has racked up 26 points in 63 appearances, and he'll likely knock Jason Demers or Ilya Lyubushkin out of the lineup once he returns.
News: Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Impact: In his last three games, Ekman-Larsson has two goals and thee helpers. The Swedish blueliner is up to 30 points in 65 games this year. He's added 133 shots, 127 hits and 64 blocked shots.
News: Keller posted an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Keller set up Taylor Hall's opening tally at 1:11 of the first period. It's been a solid run of offense lately for Keller, who has five goals and four assists in his last nine games. The 21-year-old winger is up to 44 points, 184 shots on goal and a minus-6 rating through 69 contests this year.
News: Soderberg scored a goal on four shots and added three hits in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Soderberg has three points in his last two games. He's been a solid depth scorer for the Coyotes with 17 goals and 34 points in 69 contests this year. The Swede has added 129 shots, 75 hits and a plus-5 rating.
News: Hall scored a goal on eight shots and dished an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Hall struck just 1:11 into the game, and later added a helper on Carl Soderberg's second-period marker. The two-point effort snapped a three-game dry spell for Hall. He now has 16 goals, 52 points and 226 shots in 64 contests split between the Coyotes and Devils this year.
News: Kuemper made 31 saves on 34 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Flames on Friday.
Impact: Kuemper had a 1-0 lead after Taylor Hall's early goal, but the Flames led 2-1 after the first period and never looked back. The loss dropped Kuemper to 16-10-2 with a 2.19 GAA and a .929 save percentage in 28 starts. The 29-year-old goalie has allowed seven goals in three games since his return from a lower-body injury -- he hasn't done enough to take a strong grip on the No. 1 job yet.
News: Kuemper will defend the blue paint during Friday's road clash with Calgary, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kuemper was razor sharp in his last start Wednesday against the Canucks, turning aside 36 of 38 shots en route to an impressive 4-2 road victory. He'll attempt to secure his 17th win of the season in a road matchup with a Flames team that's an underwhelming 15-12-4 at home this year.
News: Hjalmarsson notched an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: The Swede has two helpers in his last three games, but that only puts him at five points through 25 appearances this season. Hjalmarsson has added 43 blocked shots and a minus-2 rating -- he doesn't produce enough to interest fantasy owners.
News: Hinostroza picked up an assist and four shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Hinostroza earned the secondary helper on Lawson Crouse's go-ahead goal at 12:39 of the third period. The assist was Hinostroza's 100th career point, achieved in his 244th game. For the season, the 25-year-old has 22 points, 129 shots and a plus-2 rating through 66 contests.
News: Stepan recorded an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Stepan had the secondary helper on Oliver Ekman-Larsson empty-net tally in the final minute of regulation. Offense remains sparse for Stepan, who has just four points in his last eight games. His season scoring rate is worse with 28 points in 68 outings. The 29-year-old center is shooting a career-low 6.5 percent this year -- he will almost certainly finish below 50 points for the second straight campaign.
News: Crouse netted a goal on two shots and added six hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Crouse got a piece of an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot, tipping it behind Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko for what was ultimately the game-winner. The 22-year-old Crouse matched his career high in points with 25 in 64 games this year. He's added 195 hits and 107 shots as a physical, bottom-six winger.
News: Schmaltz potted a goal on five shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Schmaltz corralled a rebound from a wide shot by Carl Soderberg, tucking the puck behind Thatcher Demko at 10:10 of the third period. The tally snapped a 14-game goal drought for Schmaltz, who managed just four assists in February. The 24-year-old forward is up to nine goals, 43 points, 90 shots and a plus-3 rating through 68 outings.
News: Ekman-Larsson scored an empty-net goal and dished an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: The Swede added five hits, three shots on net and a plus-3 rating in an all-around strong performance. Ekman-Larsson has picked up five points in his last four outings and now has 29 points, 133 shots and 126 hits through 64 contests this year. He'll have a hard time getting back to the 40-point mark in 2019-20.
News: Soderberg scored a power-play goal on six shots and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Soderberg deflected a clearing attempt by Canucks defenseman Oscar Fantenberg into the cage behind Thatcher Demko for the Coyotes' first goal of the game. The Swedish center later helped out on Nick Schmaltz's tying goal in the third period. The two-point effort got Soderberg to 33 points this year, 11 of which have come with a man advantage. He's added 125 shots, 72 hits and a plus-4 rating.
News: Kuemper turned aside 36 of 38 shots in a 4-2 win over the Canucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Kuemper kept the Canucks off the board for two periods, but the Coyotes bailed him out after he gave up a pair of goals 2:57 apart in the third. The 29-year-old goalie improved to 16-9-2 with a 2.16 GAA and a .929 save percentage in 27 starts this year. He's allowed exactly two goals in each of his two games since returning from a lower-body injury -- Kuemper and Antti Raanta will likely share goaltending duties down the stretch.
News: Kuemper will get the starting nod on the road versus Vancouver on Wednesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kuemper gave up two goals on 26 shots in his first game back from a lower-body injury. The netminder needs five more victories to reach the 20-win mark for the second straight year and will likely have to achieve that threshold if the Coyotes are going to secure a playoff spot.
News: Chyrchrun (hip) won't travel on the team's upcoming three-game road trip, Richard Morin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Chychrun will miss the next three games, at least, and his next chance to play will be March 12 against the Canucks. The Coyotes still don't have a plan for when the blueliner will get back on the ice. The 21-year-old has already produced career highs in goals (12) and points (26). He'll need to be activated from IR before returning to the lineup.
News: Oesterle had a goal, an assist and four hits during Saturday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Oesterle had been held off the scoresheet in three straight games entering play Saturday, but he broke through in a big way and wound up filling the box score. He only has 13 points this season, which means you probably shouldn't rush to add him to your fantasy roster.
News: Ekman-Larsson collected an assist and also scored an empty-net goal during Saturday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: This was the first time since Jan. 7 that Ekman-Larsson produced a multi-point outing. He now has 27 points in 63 games this season, well below the production we've come to expect from the 28-year-old.
News: Keller scored two goals and also tallied an assist during Saturday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: For the second time in three games, Keller finished with three points and now has 46 points in 67 appearances. He'll likely come up short in his quest to equal his 65-point sophomore campaign, but nonetheless, Keller has had a productive season and appears set for a strong finish to his year.
News: Raanta allowed a pair of goals on 27 shots during Saturday's 5-2 win at home over the Sabres.
Impact: With wins in back-to-back starts and four of his past five outings, Raanta is in a bit of a groove at the moment. The win over Buffalo improves his record to 14-13-3. Despite the return of Darcy Kuemper, Raanta's recent run of good form should be enough to earn him more action, so look for him to start at least one of Arizona's upcoming three games on the road.