Prospect Dylan Strome has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s Player of the Month for November after he notched 10 goals and 21 assists in 12 games last month.
Playing for Erie, Strome had points in 11 of 12 games and nine multi-point games, including two five-point games on Nov. 6 against Peterborough and Nov. 28 against Sault Ste. Marie. In addition, Strome, a center, won 67 percent of his face-offs in November.
Strome, whom the Coyotes drafted third overall this year, ranks second in the OHL in points (51) with 16 goals and 35 assists in 23 games. That’s just two points behind teammate Alex DeBrincat.
On Tuesday, Strome and fellow Coyotes prospects Brendan Perlini and Nick Merkley were invited to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp that begins Dec. 10 in Toronto.
• Captain Shane Doan and forward Steve Downie, who are nursing injuries, practiced with teammates on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena as the team prepared for its game vs. the Red Wings on Thursday.
Both are close to returning to the lineup.
“We’ll revisit it again in the morning but there’s a chance at least one of them will play,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said.
Downie, who has missed 10 games because of an upper-body injury, is the more likely of the two players to be ready to play Thursday.
“I think he’s eager to get back and eager to help,” Tippett said. “Hopefully he’ll get in there and give us a spark.”
Doan has missed the past four games with a nagging lower-body injury and may need more time to heal.
“He’s a big part of our team so whenever you’re missing a guy like him it’s tough,” forward Jordan Martinook said. “Obviously we’re hoping he’s back soon, but for the time being we’ve just got to deal with it and try and play without him.”
Doan has notched 374 goals, the second most by a player in Coyotes/Jets history. He trails leader Dale Hawerchuk by five goals.
• The Coyotes were out-shot, 41-15, vs. Nashville on Tuesday in the first game of a five-game road trip.
“When you only get 15 shots you would think your offense is poor but to me all that means is you defended way too much,” Tippett said. “(It means) you never had the puck and your defending didn’t allow you to create offense. Offense will come when you work hard and check hard and recover the puck. If you never have the puck, you can be the most talented team in the world and you’re not going to get many chances.”
Forward Kyle Chipchura said the Coyotes need to get back to playing with greater speed in order to increase offensive production.
“We’re not playing as fast as we have in the past,” Chipchura said. “We’re not playing with that kind of jump and energy.”