COYOTES RECALL BILL THOMAS FROM SAN ANTONIO
KEITH YANDLE TO REPLACE HIM AT AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced that the Coyotes have recalled right wing Bill Thomas from the San Antonio Rampage - the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Earlier this month, Thomas was named to the PlanetUSA roster for the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic. Defenseman Keith Yandle, the Coyotes' 3rd choice in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, will replace Thomas at the AHL All-Star Classic which will be held today and tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario.
Thomas, 23, has registered 13-20-33 and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 47 games with the Rampage this season. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native ranks second on the team in points and assists.
The Coyotes signed Thomas as a free agent on Mar. 27, 2006 after he played two standout seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA). The 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward recorded 1-2-3 and 8 PIM in 9 games with the Coyotes last season. Thomas also posted 27-23-50 in 41 games at Nebraska-Omaha during the campaign and he was named to the CCHA All-Conference Team. His 27 goals led the CCHA and ranked 5th in NCAA Division I. In 2004-05, Thomas registered 19-26-45 in 39 games to lead the entire nation in scoring among freshmen and garner the CCHA Rookie of the Year award.
Yandle, 20, has registered 3-13-16 and 55 PIM in 35 games with San Antonio this season to rank 2nd on the club in goals, assists, and points among defensemen. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound rookie has also collected 2 assists and 8 PIM in 7 games with the Coyotes this season.