The Arizona Coyotes recalled forward Tyler Gaudet from the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners earlier this week, using him to fill in holes created by injury in their forward corps in their game against the Colorado Avalanche.
With a healthy Tobias Rieder, though, the club has opted to return the center to the Roadrunners once again.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Gaudet worked his way up into the pros with a slow but sure ascent through first the juniors, playing in the OJHL, QMJHL, and CCHL before getting picked up by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL for his final two years of junior hockey.
In his final year with the Greyhounds, the Hamilton, Ontario native put up 61 points in 65 games. That earned him a spot in Arizona’s development system, where he’s been ever since.
The 23-year-old forward has played in a collective 17 career NHL games so far, putting up a goal and three points in the process. He’s stood out much more at the minor league level, though; he put up 13 points in 44 games for the Springfield Falcons last year (missing more time for injury) before racking up five points in eight games already this year for Tucson.
The Coyotes picked up a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, moving them out of last place in the league. They’ll face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday evening, hosting the Central Division club in an attempt to continue climbing out of the basement in the standings.