GLENDALE – It has been a busy and bizarre season for Coyotes forward Mark Arcobello. At the same time, it’s been a very successful season, too.
Heading into the final week of the campaign, the 26-year-old forward from Milford, Conn., had played 74 games in 2014-15 - with four NHL teams. He’s thriving with Arizona at season’s end and hoping to earn a roster spot beyond this season.
"I’ve played more than 100 games in this league now and I believe I can play at this level and do well," said Arcobello, whom the Coyotes claimed off waivers on Feb. 11. "I've been lucky enough to get some bounces and some good opportunity to score some points. I think I can put that up regularly."
Arcobello, who was not drafted, played four seasons at Yale, then in the ECHL and the AHL before earning a roster spot with Edmonton in 2013-14. Playing 192 games for Edmonton’s AHL team in Oklahoma City, he became that franchise's all-time leader in points (161), goals (60) and assists (101).
The Oilers traded him to Nashville in December this season and the Predators waived him after four games. He was then claimed by Pittsburgh, which waived him after 10 games. Once he joined the Coyotes, he became just the third player in NHL history to play for four teams in one season joining Dave McLIwain and Dennis O’Brien.
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Despite all that packing and unpacking, Arcobello has established a career-high in goals (17) this season and has been Arizona’s leading goal scorer (nine) since his debut on Feb. 13. In addition to scoring goals, Arcobello is winning 53 percent of his face-offs and his hockey IQ and puck-moving skills have been obvious.
"I give him credit," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's a smart player who understands the situation he's in with our team and tries to play accordingly."
The Coyotes have made it known they will be turning to multiple prospects to help fill the roster in 2015-16. Forwards such as Max Domi, Henrik Samuelsson, Brendan Perlini, Anthony Duclair and Christian Dvorak will be given long looks at training camp. Arcobello, who is set to become a restricted free agent after this season, is hoping his performance since coming to the Coyotes has earned him a chance to return and compete for a job, too.
"I'm trying to establish myself in the league and coming to a team like this, it definitely gives me a lot more opportunity to take more responsibility," Arcobello said. "It's a bright future here. There are a lot of young guys in the plans moving forward. I hope I can be part of that."