Well now that the final roster has been announced, lets get down to business. Making the Cut for opening night will be Kris Kolanos, Martin Grenier, Tyler Bouck, Daniel Briere, and Jean-Guy Trudel. Not making the cut and being reassigned to Springfield, the Coyotes top minor league affiliate of the AHL, were David Cullen and Goran Bezina. Also Martin Podelsak was reassigned to his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.
Goran Bezina was assigned to Springfield after an amazing camp that opened the eyes of not only Bob Francis, but also the whole front office of the Coyotes. When the Coyotes defensemen did a drill during the preseason they were told to shoot as many pucks from the point as they can. At the end of the drill, he was the only one standing and laughing. We should see either him or Kirill Safronov during the season as one of the call-ups.
Another shine at camp was Martin Grenier who looks he may be filling the role of unrestricted free agent, Louie DeBrusk and become the enforcer on this team. Look for him to be standing up for every one of the defensemen let alone the forwards. He led the NHL alone in PIM for the preseason and I assume he will be more disciplined going into the regular season.
Daniel Briere will finally get his shot in the NHL full-time (hopefully). He finished up the preseason tied for the most points in the league (12). He also led the league in assists and Bob Francis has said he will be one of the top centers come Thursday, the Coyotes first game. The Coyotes will look to him to put out the same effort and enthusiasm he did in the preseason games and hope he has the same success he did.
The Coyotes will be carrying 3 goaltenders, which will include Sean Burke, Robert Esche, and Patrick DesRochers. DesRochers had a great preseason starting in 3 games and going 3-0 in those games. He will still be the third goaltender on the team and look to see him in Springfield sometime along in the season.
The Coyotes have placed injured forwards Sergei Berezin (sprained knee) and Landon Wilson (sprained ankle) on the injured reserve list.
The following is list of the Coyotes roster of 27 players:
Goaltenders: Sean Burke, Patrick DesRochers, Robert Esche
Defensemen: Martin Grenier, Paul Mara, Danny Markov, Teppo Numminen, Todd Simpson, Radoslav Suchy, Ossi Vaananen
Forwards: Sergei Berezin, Tyler Bouck, Daniel Briere, Shane Doan, Michal Handzus, Mike Johnson, Krystofer Kolanos, Daymond Langkow, Claude Lemieux, Trevor Letowski, Brad May, Ladislav Nagy, Jean-Guy Trudel, Wyatt Smith, Mike Sullivan, Todd Warriner, Landon Wilson