COYOTES RETURN SPILLER AND JONES TO SAN ANTONIO
AFTER EMERGENCY RECALLS
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have reassigned defensemen Matthew Spiller and Matt Jones to the San Antonio Rampage - the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) - following emergency recalls last week.
In 8 games with the Coyotes this season, the 23-year-old Spiller has collected 1 assist and 13 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-foot-5, 233-pound native of Daysland, Alberta was last called up from San Antonio on Tuesday and recorded his first NHL point that evening with an assist in the Coyotes' 5-3 win versus Nashville. Spiller has registered 2-7-9 and 143 PIM in 62 games with San Antonio this season.
Spiller was the Coyotes' second choice (2nd round, 31st overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Jones, 22, has recorded 2 assists and 14 PIM in 16 games with the Coyotes this season. Jones was last recalled from San Antonio on Thursday and skated 15:56 in the Coyotes' 5-2 win over San Jose that evening. The 6-foot, 215-pound rookie blueliner has registered 1-10-11 and 44 PIM in 52 AHL games with San Antonio this season.
Jones, a native of Downers Grove, Illinois, was drafted by the Coyotes (3rd round, 80th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
With 6 wins in their last 7 games, the Coyotes visit the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN Arizona and KDUS (1060 AM).