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Coyotes' Lessio hoping for extended NHL stay

by Staff

Arizona Coyotes forward Lucas Lessio made the team's opening night roster last season, but his stay in the NHL lasted three games.

The second-round pick (No. 56) in the 2011 NHL Draft is working toward a longer stay this season. He spent the rest of the season in the American Hockey League, where he had 29 goals and 54 points in 69 games.

"He was a dynamic player down there [in the AHL]," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told the team's website. "The biggest thing with Lucas is that he has to figure out that dynamic of not just playing high-tempo, where he can grab the puck and go forward, but he has to be able to play with other players, play in a structure where everyone can fit into, and young players sometime struggle with that to start. But he's a year older and hopefully those areas have improved for him."

For more on Lessio's quest for an NHL spot, click here.

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