Coyotes send Dvorak to the AHL, which could mean an extended opportunity for Dylan Strome


The Arizona Coyotes made a roster move Monday, sending center Christian Dvorak to the American Hockey League.

In seven games with the Coyotes, the 20-year-old Dvorak had three assists.

This move could impact another player already on the roster.

Dylan Strome has played in only three games for the Coyotes, who will have a decision to make when it comes to the 19-year-old center’s immediate future with the club.

Arizona selected Strome third overall in 2015. The Coyotes still have the option to send him back to junior before his 10th NHL game. Playing Strome beyond his nine-game tryout period would burn the first year of his entry-level contract.

From Bob McKenzie of TSN:

He’s only played in three games with the Coyotes, averaging 15:49 with no points and a minus-three ranking. But the third overall pick in 2015 dominated junior last season and the belief is another OHL year would not serve him well; that what he needs to do to improve — get physically stronger, play the game with a little more pace — is best served by practising, training and playing with NHLers.

The Coyotes have three players, including Strome, in that situation. The others include defenseman Jakob Chychrun and forward Lawson Crouse.

Strome has one assist, while Crouse has yet to record a point.

Chychrun, however, seems to be making a strong case to stay with the Coyotes. Remember, this was a player that saw his stock drop considerably last season ahead of the draft. It was believed early on that he could be a top-five pick, but when the draft took place, he fell all the way to 16th overall.

After making the Coyotes out of camp, he has scored once with three points in seven games.

“You can’t really be here without believing in yourself and believing in your own style of play and believing in what you can bring to the table,” Chychrun told

“I just honestly believe that I can help this team win. I think I can play here, keep up with the pace here and defend well here. That’s basically what I’ve been trying to show … Maybe for some people it’s shocking that I’m here, but this was the plan for me all along.”