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Name to Know: Laurent Dauphin

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes prospect Laurent Dauphin is averaging nearly a point per game for the Tucson Roadrunners since coming back to the organization via a trade with Chicago on Jan. 10.

Dauphin notched five goals and 10 assists in his first 16 games with Tucson, and he produced four multi-point games in February to help the Roadrunners maintain their first-place standing in the American Hockey League's Pacific Division.

"He's a smart, competitive, 200-foot player with great versatility," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said recently. "His game has grown and continues to grow as he adds strength and builds confidence."

The Coyotes sent Dauphin to the Chicago Blackhawks last summer as part of a trade that brought Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona. However, Chayka hated parting with Dauphin, whom the Coyotes drafted 39th overall in 2013, so he made sure the young forward was part of the deal that sent Anthony Duclair to Chicago in January.

Dauphin is thrilled to be back with the Coyotes organization, and is eager to get recalled to the NHL again.

"When I was in Chicago, I had a tough time," Dauphin said. "So when I came back here, I took it as a second opportunity ... I'm just the most confident I've been, since I was in juniors almost. I play a ton of minutes (in Tucson) so I have a lot of chances and I've been doing good so far."

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