Hay­ton could de­but Thurs­day

Tip­pett, Still­man as­signed to AHL’s Spring­field Thun­der­birds

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Peter­bor­ough na­tive Bar­rett Hay­ton was named Tues­day to the open­ing day ros­ter of the Na­tional Hockey League’s Ari­zona Coy­otes.

The cen­tre, who cap­tained the On­tario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Grey­hounds last sea­son, could make his reg­u­lar sea­son NHL de­but Thurs­day night when the Coy­otes visit the Ana­heim Ducks. The new coach of the Ducks is for­mer Peter­bor­ough Petes cap­tain Dal­las Eakins.

Hay­ton was signed by the Coy­otes af­ter be­ing drafted in the first round, fifth over­all, in the 2018 NHL en­try draft. That was the high­est a Peter­bor­ough na­tive has ever gone in the NHL draft.

Hay­ton was also named to Ari­zona’s open­ing day ros­ter last sea­son but did not see any ac­tion be­fore be­ing re­leased to the Hounds.

In 165 reg­u­lar-sea­son games over three sea­sons with the Hounds, Hay­ton had 56 goals and 97 as­sists for 153 points, plus 16 goals and 23 as­sists for 39 points in 44 play­off games. He was also at Canada’s world ju­nior team camp over the sum­mer.

De­spite scor­ing three pre-sea­son goals, Peter­bor­ough na­tive Owen Tip­pett was left off the open­ing day ros­ter of the NHL’s Florida Pan­thers.

The for­mer Sag­i­naw Spirit and Mis­sis­sauga Steel­heads for­ward, who played last sea­son for Canada’s world ju­nior team, was among four play­ers as­signed by the Pan­thers on Sun­day to their Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate, the Spring­field Thun­der­birds, as the Pan­thers trimmed their train­ing camp ros­ter down to 22 play­ers.

Peter­bor­ough na­tive Ri­ley Still­man, a for­mer Oshawa Gen­er­als and Hamil­ton Bull­dogs de­fence­man, was also as­signed to Spring­field on Sun­day, along with An­thony Greco and Do­minic Ton­i­nato.

“We tell the guys that the Amer­i­can League is a heck of a league,” new Pan­thers head coach Joel Quen­neville told re­porters Sun­day.

“Be re­spect­ful of it and play your game. Keep it sim­ple, but don’t try to do any­thing that’s out­side your realm of ex­pec­ta­tions ... It’s nice hav­ing some tough de­ci­sions when it’s time for a re­call.”

Still­man, 21, played 59 games with the Thun­der­birds last sea­son and had four goals and 13 as­sists for 17 points, with a plus/ mi­nus rat­ing of plus-8 and 52 penalty min­utes. He also ap­peared in one Pan­thers game last sea­son.

Still­man was signed by the Pan­thers af­ter be­ing drafted in the fourth round, 114th over­all, of the 2016 draft.

Tip­pett, 20, was on the Pan­thers ros­ter for the first seven games of the 2017-18 sea­son as an 18-year-old, scor­ing a goal. Af­ter the Steel­heads were elim­i­nated from the play­offs that sea­son, he ap­peared in five games with the Thun­der­birds, with one goal and an as­sist and a plus-2 rat­ing.

Tip­pett was signed by the Pan­thers af­ter be­ing drafted in the first round, 10th over­all, of the 2017 draft.

Af­ter hav­ing two goals and two as­sists at the world ju­nior cham­pi­onship and then be­ing traded to Sag­i­naw mid-sea­son, Tip­pett helped lead the Spirit to the OHL West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nal, where they were elim­i­nated by the even­tual OHL cham­pi­ons, the Guelph Storm. NOTES: Peter­bor­ough na­tive

Mitchell Stephens, who played four sea­sons with the Spirit and was drafted in the se­cond round, 33rd over­all, by the Tampa Bay Light­ning in the 2015 NHL draft, was as­signed Sept. 22 to the AHL’s Syra­cuse Crunch for a third sea­son af­ter see­ing some ac­tion with the Light­ning in ex­hi­bi­tion play. For­mer Peter­bor­ough Petes de­fence­men Matthew Spencer and Do­minik Masin, who signed a one-year, two-way con­tract ex­ten­sion over the sum­mer, were also as­signed to the Crunch for an­other sea­son ... Ri­ley Still­man’s 16-year-old brother Chase Still­man, a Peter­bor­ough mi­nor hockey prod­uct who was born in St. Louis, has a goal and an as­sist in his first five games as a for­ward with the OHL’s Sud­bury Wolves.


Peter­bor­ough na­tive and Florida Pan­thers de­fence­man Ri­ley Still­man, left, and Tampa Bay Light­ning for­ward Alexan­der Volkov col­lide dur­ing a pre­sea­son game Thurs­day in Sunrise, Fla. Still­man has been as­signed to the Spring­field Thun­der­birds.

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