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Coyotes recall Lyubushkin, assign Capobianco to AHL

Ilya Lyubushkin #46 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against the New York Islanders at the NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut-out the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin on Friday and assigned defenseman Kyle Capobianco to the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.

Lyubushkin, 25, separated himself as the seventh defenseman last season, playing in 41 games and an average ice time of 13:44 while the Coyotes’ blue line went through a plethora of injuries.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka said Lyubushkin was originally in Tucson to get some game time at the start of the season.

Capobianco did not log any ice time in the first three games of the Coyotes’ season, with Arizona’s top six defensemen all healthy.

The 22-year-old has three total games of NHL experience to his name. He is a two-time AHL All-Star, where last year for the Roadrunners he had 32 points in 40 games. He was originally a third-round selection by the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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