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'Yotes Notes: Chayka Addresses Goal-Scoring Slump

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

CHICAGO -- General Manager John Chayka is eager to see the Coyotes end their five-game goal-scoring funk.

Arizona will enter Thursday's game vs. the Blackhawks with just three goals scored on 178 shots (1.69 percent).

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet, Players Confident Goals Will Come Soon

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

SCOTTSDALE - The Coyotes are shrugging off being blanked by Dallas and then Anaheim to start the new season.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet and the players like the way they created more than 30 scoring chances and 71 shots in the first two games, and are confident the goals will start coming.

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'Yotes Notes: Galchenyuk's Skills Impress Chayka

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

GLENDALE - Alex Galchenyuk is making quite a positive impression during his first week on the job with the Coyotes.

Galchenyuk is transitioning from winger back to center at training camp and his enthusiasm is palpable. On Tuesday, he centered Arizona's top line in a preseason game vs. Los Angeles and scored two goals in a 4-2 victory.  

"He's a special player, one of the most talented guys," General Manager John Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the team's flagship radio station, on Wednesday. "Now that I see him every day in practice, day in and day out, you really recognize the quality of his shot and plays he makes. He's a better playmaker than I gave him credit for. Last night, you see him with a one-timer and he just blows it by a goalie. I mean if you have that weapon on your power play it kind of changes that whole dynamic."

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'Yotes Notes: Prospects Report to Development Camp

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

GLENDALE -- Thirty-nine players, including the nine the Coyotes drafted over the weekend in Dallas, are in Arizona this week for the annual prospect development camp, which began Monday at Gila River Arena.

"It's not an evaluation camp. It's a development camp for a reason," General Manager John Chayka said. "...It's for them to learn about taking that next step and what it means to be a pro."

Chayka said he wants the young players to spend the week asking questions and getting familiar with the facilities, and the organization and how it operates.

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Coyotes Heading to 2018 Draft Ready to Make Seven Picks

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Senior Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- With seven picks in hand, the brain trust for the Coyotes will head to Dallas later this week for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The first round - featuring picks Nos. 1-31 - is set for Friday night at American Airlines Center. Rounds Nos. 2-7 are Saturday morning/afternoon.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona to Begin Preseason at Vegas

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play five of seven preseason games on the road before starting their 2018-19 season.

Arizona's preseason opener is slated to be contested at the rink where the 2017-18 NHL season just ended: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Coyotes will battle the Western Conference champions - a team they faced five times in the regular season last season - in their first exhibition game on Sept. 16.

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'Yotes Notes: Chayka OK with Keeping Fifth Pick at Draft

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes raised eyebrows by trading the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft a year ago, but it doesn't sound as if General Manager John Chayka will be following that strategy at this year's draft in Dallas later this month. 

Granted it's too soon to rule anything out, and Chayka isn't taking anything "off the table," but the simple fact is the Coyotes are quite content to own and use the fifth overall pick in this year's draft.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Plans to Interview 85 Prospects at Scouting Combine

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes General Manager John Chayka and a half dozen key members of his staff are in Buffalo this week at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine. 

More than 100 prospects - 60 forwards, 37 defensemen and seven goaltenders - are attending the annual event, which is staged, in part, so NHL teams can conduct interviews with players about a month before the NHL Draft.

The combine also features medical and physical testing, most of which is slated for later in the week. Physical tests include: standing long jump, bench press, pull-ups and the notorious Wingate, a stationary bike test that measures a player's power and fatigue index.

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'Yotes Notes: OEL Helps Sweden Reach Title Game at World Championship

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

GLENDALE -- Playing for Team Sweden, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson skated 21:56 and was plus-2 on Saturday in his team's 6-0 win over Team USA in a semifinal game of the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sweden, which won this annual 16-team tournament a year ago, will go for a repeat when it plays Team Switzerland in the gold-medal game on Sunday. NHL Network will broadcast the game starting at 11:15 a.m. (Arizona time).

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'Yotes Notes: Kuemper, OEL Reach Quarterfinals at World Championship

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped all 12 shots he faced tending net for Team Canada vs. Team Germany on Tuesday in the final preliminary-round game for both teams at the 2018 IIHF World Championship at Herning, Denmark.

Canada won, 3-0, to finish the first round 4-1-1-1 and to help set up a quarterfinal match vs. Russia on Thursday.

"It was a quick turnaround after playing last night, but I thought we did a good job," Kuemper said during a TV interview. "Everyone took care of their bodies and that helped make this game easier. We were super responsible and that's what you want to build on heading into the quarterfinals." 

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