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Tippett Explains Saturday's Roster Moves

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said all five players had good camps

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes assigned five more players from the training camp roster to the team's American Hockey League affiliate on Saturday.

After the names of the players were announced, Head Coach Dave Tippett discussed each player (listed alphabetically):

Anthony DeAngelo, defenseman: "He's a really interesting player. He's got a dynamic skill set. It's just a matter of time before he becomes a good NHL player. With our situation right now, we've got to get our 'D' sorted out with some of those injuries, so he'll go down (to Tucson) and start down there. For a player that I didn't know well, he came in (to camp) and certainly impressed our staff. His skill set and skating is very unique, and he's going to be a good player for a long time."

Christian Fischer, forward: "He's right there, too. He had a very good camp for a young player coming in. He's a very mature player, and he still has some things in his game that he needs to work on. His skill set (and) skating, he'll continue to develop those. He's very mature in the way he plays the game and thinks the game. He'll be a depth player for us this year. I'd be surprised if he didn't get games with us this year."

Stefan Fournier, forward: "He's another player I didn't know very well and he came (to the Coyotes) last year through a trade. He came in and really opened some eyes. He plays a hard, simple game. Attitude-wise, his ability to go out and do his job was very strong. He's another depth guy for us."

Dakota Mermis, defenseman: "He's a good, young player that continues to develop. He's come leaps and bounds from where he was at camp last year, so he'll go down and be a very good American League player. There's lots to learn at that position especially (because) he's not a big guy. There are ways he has to play to defend with position and smarts, and he's done that very well."

Justin Peters, goalie: "I think that one is understood. He's our No. 3 guy (behind Mike Smith and Louis Domingue). He played very well in camp and really earned the trust of the players and the coaching staff that if we need him at any time he's very capable."

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