The Arizona Coyotes have made a couple of roster moves ahead of their upcoming game against the Colorado Avalanche. The team has recalled forwards Boko Imama and Milos Kelemen from the Tucson Roadrunners, their AHL affiliate.
Who are Boko Imama and Milos Kelemen?
- 23-year-old forward from Montreal, Quebec
- Selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning
- Acquired by the Coyotes in a trade with the Lightning in March 2021
- Has appeared in 18 games with the Roadrunners this season, recording three goals and four assists
- 20-year-old forward from Poprad, Slovakia
- Signed by the Coyotes as an undrafted free agent in October 2020
- Has played in 18 games with the Roadrunners this season, tallying one goal and two assists
Why were they recalled?
The Coyotes are dealing with a number of injuries to key players, including forwards Conor Garland and Tyler Pitlick. As a result, they needed to bring up some reinforcements from the Roadrunners.
Imama and Kelemen will likely be used in depth roles, but could also see some time on the penalty kill. The Coyotes are hoping that their energy and physicality can provide a spark for the team as they look to snap a five-game losing streak.
What’s next for the Coyotes?
The Coyotes are set to take on the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 23rd. The game is set to start at 8:00 PM EST and will be played at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. It remains to be seen how much ice time Imama and Kelemen will receive, but their presence should provide a boost to a struggling Coyotes team.
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Stay tuned for updates on the Coyotes and their roster moves as the season progresses.
Reaction from Imama and Kelemen
Both Imama and Kelemen expressed excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to join the Coyotes.
Imama, who has yet to make his NHL debut, said, “I’m just grateful for the opportunity and I’m going to go out there and do what I can to help the team win.”
Kelemen, who is also looking to make his NHL debut, added, “I’m really excited to be here and I’m just going to try to work hard and do my best to contribute.”
The Coyotes have had a difficult season, currently sitting in seventh place in the West Division with a record of 18-20-5. They have lost their last five games and are looking to turn things around.
The team has been hit hard by injuries this season, including to key players like Phil Kessel and Darcy Kuemper. The hope is that Imama and Kelemen, along with some of the team’s other young players, can provide a spark and help turn things around.
The Coyotes’ recall of Boko Imama and Milos Kelemen is a sign of the team’s determination to turn things around this season. While they are not likely to be major contributors, their energy and physicality could provide a much-needed boost to a struggling Coyotes team.
Fans will be eagerly watching to see if Imama and Kelemen make their NHL debuts in the coming games and how they perform in their roles with the Coyotes.