"We are very disappointed in Enver's decision to not report to the San Antonio Rampage," said Barnett. "We fully expected him to honor his contract, thus we have no choice but to suspend him as a result of his actions. He has the tools to one day be an NHL player, but his defensive liabilities negated him from playing regularly at the NHL level at this time."
Lisin, 20, has registered 1-1-2 and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with the Coyotes this season. The native of Moscow, Russia was recalled by the Coyotes from San Antonio on October 12 and made his NHL debut on October 14 versus Nashville. Lisin scored his first NHL goal in a 6-4 Coyotes' win over Los Angeles on November 4.
"He averaged 15:00 a game in the 17-NHL games he played," said Barnett. "He had 1 goal. His -18 plus/minus evidenced his shortcomings."
In 2 AHL games with San Antonio this season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward has recorded 2-0-2 and 4 PIM.
The Coyotes selected Lisin in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
"The AHL would have been an ideal situation for him to learn the North American pro game on the smaller ice surface," said Barnett. "There are many young talented players in the AHL, building solid foundations for their NHL careers.
"We waited two full years after drafting him before bringing him over. We were conscious of not wanting to rush him. It's not always easy for young players from those countries to adapt to life in America...particularly if it calls for time in the minors. But going there and learning the game is part of being a pro and paying the price. He left us no choice but to suspend him at this time."