Arizona Coyotes make more roster cuts; 4 sent to Tucson
The Arizona Coyotes announced five more cuts from the training camp roster on Sunday, trimming the official count of players in camp to 35.
Forwards Brayden Burke, Nick Merkley and Tyler Steenbergen and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov were all sent to the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL. Forward Jan Jenik was assigned to his junior team.
Additionally, the list of players to be placed on waivers on Sunday reportedly included four Coyotes players: forwards Beau Bennett and Andy Miele and defensemen Dysin Mayo and Robbie Russo. These players are not waivers-exempt, and therefore need to be placed on waivers in order to be assigned to the AHL.
Counting the four players on waivers, the training camp roster would be reduced to 31 players.
Perhaps the most notable cut of Sunday’s roster reduction was Merkley, a first-round pick by the Coyotes (30th overall) in 2015, the same first-round draft class that included Dylan Strome and Lawson Crouse (drafted by Florida). Merkley, 22, played one NHL game for the Coyotes in 2017-18.
Prosvetov heads to Tucson after spending last season with Saginaw in the OHL.
Bennett and Miele, who each have NHL experience the latter of whom played for the Coyotes previously, signed two-way contracts with the Coyotes as free agents this offseason. Mayo, 23, was a fifth-round pick by the Coyotes in 2014, but has yet to make his NHL debut. Russo played 19 games at the NHL level for the Red Wings in the 2016-17 season.
Some of the remaining players in camp still competing for a roster spot include forwards Hudson Fasching, Michael Chaput and Michael Bunting — among others.