The Arizona Coyotes have recalled forward Laurent Dauphin from the Tucscon Roadrunners after his brief conditioning stint with the team.
Dauphin, a second-round selection (39th overall) of the Coyotes in the 2013 NHL Draft, was sent to the Roadrunners just two days ago after being listed day-to-day by the team for a knee injury and impressed greatly in the one AHL game he featured in.
The Roadrunners picked up a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Gulls in the team’s opening game of the season, with Dauphin registering a goal and an assist in the game.
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Per the NHL’s Collect Bargaining Agreement, players are allowed to be sent down to the AHL for no longer than 14 days if they consent – not needing to pass through waivers in order to do so.
Players sent down to the AHL for these brief conditioning spells still count against the NHL team’s roster and receive their full NHL salary, with Dauphin earning $787,500 in the one-year deal he signed with the team.
Now, according to a report by Arizona Sports 98.7FM, Dauphin will have a chance to crack the Arizona Coyotes lineup, with the team still yet to register a single goal in their first two regular season games.
In his brief NHL career, Dauphins has made 34 appearances in the regular season with the Coyotes – registering three goals and one assist.
He is unlikely to play many minutes for the NHL club, but he is capable of playing at centre – a position that the Coyotes are currently struggling at due to injuries.
The Anaheim Ducks were lucky to claim their 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, with the home team out-shooting the Californians 41 to 20 – but were unable to figure out goaltender John Gibson.
If Dauphin fits in the centre position, he could have an opportunity to play regularly this season and contribute more on offence than he has in recent seasons.
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