Arizona Coyotes assign Dauphin and Garland to AHL, contribute to team’s win

TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 21: Tucson Roadrunners right wing Conor Garland (8) prepares to shot the puck during a hockey game between the San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners on March 21, 2018, at Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. (Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 21: Tucson Roadrunners right wing Conor Garland (8) prepares to shot the puck during a hockey game between the San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners on March 21, 2018, at Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. (Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Arizona Coyotes have announced that both Laurent Dauphin and Connor Garland have been assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL.

Both players were sent to the Coyotes’ affiliates and played a role in the team’s 3-2 victory over the San Diego Gulls on Friday night, with Garland registering two assists in his first competitive game of the season.

Garland’s assignment should come as no real surprise, with the 2015 fifth-round pick (123rd overall) having played a regular role with the AHL team over the past two seasons.

In 110 regular season games with the Roadrunners, Garland has 41 total points – 13 goals and 28 assists.

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Dauphin, who also played in the Roadrunners’ opening night win over the Gulls, has also been assigned to the team after clearing waivers.

His assignment is slightly more surprising after he was originally sent down on a conditioning stint and then called back up to the NHL club after just two days.

Dauphin is a solid contributor at the AHL level, having played 160 regular season games with the Roadrunners, Rockford IceHogs and Springfield Falcons – registering 39 goals and 84 total points since his debut in 2015.

The 6-foot-1, 181lbs forward was a second-round selection by the Coyotes back in 2013 and has made 34 regular season appearances in the NHL with the club.

With Jakob Chychrun and Christian Dvorak returning to practice this week, it is possible they will be brought back into the line-up over the next couple of weeks, making a player like Dauphin needing to pass through waivers to be sent down regardless.

The early assignment of Dauphin leaves the team with two spaces on their roster, with the team currently sitting at 21 out of a possible 23 spots.

Both Garland and Dauphin are going to contribute well to the Roadrunners organisation and will allow the Arizona Coyotes the freedom to bring two of their injured players back into the roster without any further moves.

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