The Arizona Coyotes have seen prospect forward Christian Dvorak put up three assists in his first seven career NHL games.
With a logjam of centers up with the NHL club, though – leaving fellow prospect Dylan Strome out of the lineup for all but three games so far – he’s headed to the AHL.
The Coyotes confirmed on Monday afternoon, one day ahead of their contest against the San Jose Sharks, that the 20-year-old Dvorak is headed to the Tucson Roadrunners south of Phoenix. He’ll make his AHL debut presumably in their next game, which will take place on Wednesday at Tucson Arena against the Texas Stars.
Drafted 58th overall by the Coyotes at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Dvorak rose to prominence during his time skating for the OHL’s London Knights with fellow Coyotes prospect Max Domi. He finished his last major junior season with 52 goals and 121 points through 59 regular season games, an improvement even on how he performed while skating with Domi the year prior – and he managed to help the Knights win the Memorial Cup this past spring, putting up 14 goals and 35 points through 18 postseason appearances.
The Coyotes have started off the year going a disappointing 2-6-0, so he should be able to get stronger minutes with the more successful Roadrunners while skating with the AHL affiliate.
Arizona and San Jose will face off on Tuesday at 7:00 PM PST at Gila River Arena.