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COYOTES CLAIM YANICK LEHOUX

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES CLAIM LEHOUX OFF WAIVERS FROM LOS ANGELES

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have claimed center Yanick Lehoux off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward has been playing in the Swiss National League this season with Geneve-Servette and Basel.  In 7 games with Geneve-Servette, Lehoux registered 5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points and 6 penalty minutes (PIM).  He then played in 4 games with Basel and recorded 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

Last season, Lehoux collected an incredible 23 goals, 31 assists and 54 points in only 38 games with Manchester of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Despite missing almost half of the season with an injury, Lehoux still ranked T-4th on the team in goals, 5th in points and 6th in assists.  At the time of his injury, he was leading the entire AHL in both goals and points.

Lehoux had a great junior career with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), tallying 164 goals, 218 assists and 382 points in 266 games over four seasons from 1998-99 through 2001-02.  In 2000-01 with Baie-Comeau, he led the team in goals, assists and points with 67-68-135 in 70 games.  Lehoux ranked 2nd in the entire QMJHL that season in goals and 4th in points.  He also led the team in playoff scoring in 2001 with 8-16-24 in 11 games. 

In his final year of junior (2001-02), Lehoux collected 56-69-125 in 66 games with Baie-Comeau to lead his team in goals and points.  He also finished 2nd on the club in assists.  Lehoux ranked 3rd in the entire QMJHL in points and T-4th in goals, earning him QMJHL Second All-Star Team honors.  Following his junior career, Lehoux played three seasons with Manchester (AHL) from 2002-03 to 2004-05.

The 23-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the 3rd round (86th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Lehoux will join the Coyotes in Minnesota, where the Coyotes will play the Wild on Tuesday (Nov. 8).  He has not yet played in an NHL game.

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