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Prospects to Play Game on NHL Ice in Camp Finale

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes prospects will get the chance to show their skills under simulated NHL game conditions on Friday night in an intrasquad scrimmage to conclude the annual Prospect Development Camp.

The 43 players at the camp have been divided into two teams all week, and those teams will square off at Gila River Arena at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to attend the game free of charge. The gates will open at 6 p.m. Those who cannot attend can watch via live stream at

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The game will consist of three 20-minute periods, with abbreviated intermissions. After the third period, the teams will play five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime regardless of the score. A shootout will follow the overtime period.

Christian Dvorak and Dylan Strome. Photo by Norm Hall.

“We’re trying to replicate an actual NHL hockey game, and an NHL hockey day with a pre-game skate and everything that goes with it,” said Steve Sullivan, the team’s Director of Player Development. “The mentality is that it’s a game. It’s not a scrimmage, it’s a game.”

Sullivan and skills coach Mike Van Ryn will coach Team Red. New American Hockey League coaches Mark Lamb and Mark Hardy will coach the Team White.

“We implemented a few basic systems (on Thursday) so it’s not just a bunch of people chasing the puck around the ice,” Sullivan said. “There’s going to be some structure to it, and then we’re going to let their hockey IQ take over and play. We’re hoping to see a very intense hockey game and let them battle against each other. I’m sure they’re itching to play a game so we’re going to let them loose.”

Fans can expect to see a high-energy game featuring many high-skilled prospects including Dylan Strome, Christian Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, Christian Fischer and Conor Garland to name just a few.

“I think it's going to be a pretty serious game,” Strome said. "Everybody's trying to make an impression and you don't want to be the team that loses.”

Camp rookies Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun also will participate, two weeks after being selected by the Coyotes in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

“It’s going to be a great experience,” said Keller, the seventh overall pick. “I think everyone’s going to be a little bit nervous and I think that’s good. It should be a good time.”

Chychrun, the 16th overall pick, agreed.

“I think it'll be a really high skill game with the people we have here,” Chychrun said. “It should be high tempo and a lot fun.”

Four of the five goalies at camp will play 30 minutes each during the scrimmage. The fifth goalie, Marek Langhamer, will not play because he is nursing a minor injury. Forward Nick Merkley also will not play because of injury.


20 Dylan Strome
29 Brendan Perlini
49 Ryan MacInnis
57 Anton Karlsson
64 Jared Fiegl
72 Yegor Babenko
79 Brendan Warren
80 Lewis Zerter
82 Alex Goulet
84 Cole Sanford
91 Jeff Kubiak
93 Lane Pederson

6 Jakob Chychrun
52 Patrick Kudla
61 Dysin Mayo
71 Connor Clifton
85 Michael Kapla
92 Olivier Leblanc

31 Adin Hill
68 Evan Sarthou


14 Clayton Keller
18 Christian Dvorak
36 Christian Fischer
58 Michael Bunting
74 Matthew Boucher
81 Jens Looke
83 Conor Garland
86 Max French
90 Mason Kohn
94 Niki Petti
95 James Sanchez

53 Dean Stewart
54 Cam Dineen
63 David Westlund
65 Kyle Wood
67 Aaron Titcomb
75 Kyle Capobianco
77 Jalen Smereck
78 Alexei Bereglazov

60 Vasily Demchenko
70 Erik Kallgren

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