Jason Demers primed for imminent Arizona Coyotes return

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27: Jason Demers #55 of the Arizona Coyotes skates up ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Gila River Arena on October 27, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27: Jason Demers #55 of the Arizona Coyotes skates up ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Gila River Arena on October 27, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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After making just one appearance in his conditioning stint, defenceman Jason Demers has been recalled by the Arizona Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes blueliner Jason Demers looks set to return to the lineup much sooner than anticipated after a successful, albeit brief, conditioning stint with the Tucson Roadrunners.

Demers has been sidelined for the majority of the 2018/19 season due to a knee injury, having made just 18 regular season appearances prior to being placed on injured reserve.

It was feared that the 30-year-old veteran would miss the rest of the season, but he has progressed well during his rehab and now looks ready to step back onto the ice in a Coyotes jersey once again.

With the Minnesota Wild losing in OT to the Nashville Predators last night, the Arizona Coyotes have a chance at going level on points if they secure a victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Seeing the team so close to making the playoffs will no doubt give fans plenty of excitement, with Demers now set to be back just in time to help the team maintain their strong run.

Before making his return for the Coyotes, Demers was placed on a conditioning stint with the team’s AHL affiliates, the Tucson Roadrunners.

Demers got top-pairing minutes for the Roadrunners in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Eagles, with the veteran NHLer getting himself an assist in the process.

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Demers’ performance for the Roadrunners was clearly enough for the club to recall him and push him closer to returning to NHL action with 17 games remaining of the regular season.

Rick Tocchet has his Arizona Coyotes team firmly pushing for one of the wildcard places, with a recent six-game win streak greatly helping their chances.

With so many disappointing injuries this season, the most recent being Derek Stepan, having a player of Demers’ quality return will be a huge boost for the Arizona Coyotes and could help them greatly in the final stretch.

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What do you think of this news Coyotes fans? Are you pleased to see Demers returning to action? How do you think the team will do in the final 17 games of the season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!