Arizona Coyotes: Team Makes Final Roster Cuts

The Arizona Coyotes announced on Saturday that the team has made their final roster cuts of the preseason.

Prior to the team requiring theArizona Coyotes make Final Roster Cuts cuts, the Coyotes were carrying 26 players and the final roster requires 23.

Dylan Strome, Louis Domingue, and Matthias Plachta were the final three players cut from the team.

Domingue was a sure bet to be cut with the signing of Anders Lindback in the offseason. Plachta had a good camp and preseason, but Jordan Martinook beat him out for the spot.

If there is an injury, or a player is under performing during the season, don’t be surprised if Plachta is the one called up.

Plachta and Domingue were assigned to the Coyotes new American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Strome was sent back to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Obviously, the most notable name here is Strome, the third overall pick in the most recent Entry Draft. Strome made it all the way to the very last possible second with a good camp and preseason, but Coyotes management felt that at least one more year in juniors would be beneficial for Strome.

Strome is not far off from the NHL. He made it deep into camp and will just need to put on a little more weight while honing his skills in juniors. Max Domi was given the same treatment by Coyotes management, and that worked out very well for the organization and Domi.

Speaking of Domi, the players that were on the fringe of making the roster and survived the final cuts are Domi, Anthony Duclair, and Martinook.

Early on, the team expected that Domi and Duclair would be on the opening night roster. Domi’s skill has outgrown the juniors, and he is NHL ready. Duclair already had NHL time under his belt from his days with the New York Rangers and developed well last season.

Domi and Duclair showed they had unbelievable offensive chemistry playing together. The Arizona Coyotes desperately needed to improve on offense, so it was almost a given that the two would make it, even if the coaching staff wouldn’t outright say so.

The surprise comes with Martinook. He had minimal NHL time but impressed during camp and the preseason. Martinook played well on both sides of the puck and even notched a short-handed goal during the preseason. He showed he wanted to stick with the NHL club, and he did just that.

The roster is complete, and the youth movement is in full swing in the desert. The Arizona Coyotes and their young roster will begin the season October 9th on the road against the Los Angeles Kings.

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