In case you missed it, and there’s a good chance you might have given how brief it was, the Arizona Coyotes recalled top prospect Dylan Strome from the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.
But… not so fast there, Dylan. The Coyotes then officially cancelled Strome’s call-up and shipped him back to Tucson just hours later.
Uh… alright then. According to Coyotes insider Craig Morgan, Strome was called on an emergency basis because the team was concerned that forward Derek Stepan would not be able to play tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, but evidently that is now not the case.
Officially, Coyotes general manager John Chayka did not comment on the reasoning for cancelling Strome’s call up, but the Coyotes did issue a release:
Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have canceled their emergency recall of forward Dylan Strome. Strome has been returned to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.
Again… not much to go by there. Tough luck for Strome as the former 3rd overall pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has played just 11 games for the Coyotes this season and hasn’t seen any NHL action since December 16th, 2017. Not exactly what you want to see from a top three pick in the draft… especially when you consider that the two players selected in front of him, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have established themselves as legitimate superstars.
The good news for Coyotes fans is that Strome has absolutely torn up the AHL this season with the Roadrunners. The 21-year-old center has a remarkable 22 goals and 49 points in just 44 games. Look for him to finally earn a full-time spot with the Coyotes next season.