Just hours after sending goalie Justin Peters to Dallas, Arizona made its second trade of the day by sending Henrik Samuelsson — the 27th overall pick in 2012 — to Edmonton in exchange for Mitch Moroz, the 32nd pick that same year.
Moroz and Samuelsson aren’t just draft-mates. The two were former teammates in junior, helping the WHL Oil Kings capture the ’14 Memorial Cup.
Samuelsson, 22, has only made three appearances for the Coyotes since being drafted, all of them coming in ’14-15. The son of longtime NHLer Ulf Samuelsson, Henrik’s spent most of his pro career in the American League, and only has three points in 20 games this season for Tucson.
Moroz has yet to make his NHL debut, and has played exclusively in the American League. Like Samuelsson, he’s struggled offensively this year, with just three points in 17 games.
In the end, this is pretty much a flip of one-time prospects who have plenty in common, including the need for a fresh opportunity (though it should be mentioned Moroz plays wing, while Samuelsson’s a center).
It also keeps with Coyotes GM John Chayka’s theme of tinkering with his club. He’s made a series of small moves this season, and has been active on the waiver wire.