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Scott Arnold, No. 17
Age: 23 Position: Forward
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Hometown: Pointe-Claire, Quebec
History: Signed as a free agent after scoring 26 goals and adding 14 assists in 67 games during two seasons at Niagara University.
Coach's Comment: "He's physical, good on the forecheck. He's going to be an energy-type player, a momentum changer. Anytime we need a shift in momentum in a game, he can help us do that."


Evan Bloodoff, No. 25
Age: 22 Position: Left Wing
Height: 5-11 Weight: 195
Hometown: Castlegar, British Columbia
History: Selected by Phoenix in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL draft, Bloodoff had six goals and two assists last season as a rookie with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "He's got dynamic speed, and he's a good penalty killer. He can be real physical and really good on the forecheck. He's a second-year pro now, so we expect for him to take the next step."


Alexandre Bolduc, No. 49
Age: 27 Position: Center
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Hometown: Montreal
History: Selected by St. Louis in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL draft, Bolduc had three goals and 12 assists in 23 games with the Pirates after missing the first 38 games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. Bolduc, who has played in 48 NHL games, is the captain this season.
Coach's Comment: "He's got a lot of responsibilities. At least at the start here, we'll play him in all situations, special teams, five-on-five. He's going to a good faceoff guy for us. He's going to be the heartbeat of our team through his energy and work."


Mathieu Brodeur, No. 6
Age: 22 Position: Defense
Height: 6-6 Weight: 220
Hometown: Montreal
History: Selected by Phoenix in the third round of the 2008 NHL draft, Brodeur had two goals, four assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-10 while playing 43 games for the Pirates last season.
Coach's Comment: "This is his fourth pro year, and we see him making big strides. He's trying to become an everyday (AHL) player, and he's a big strong guy who makes real good decisions with the puck. His consistency, just making smart, educated plays, is going to be important."


Chris Brown, No. 11
Age: 21 Position: Center
Height: 6-2 Weight: 215
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
History: Selected by Phoenix in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft, Brown, a member of the U.S. national U-18 team, had 12 goals and 17 assists in his junior year at the University of Michigan last season.
Coach's Comment: "Brownie has got an NHL shot, an NHL release of the shot. He's a big power forward who is going to have to create offense by driving to the net, tipping pucks to the net."


Chris Connor, No. 14
Age: 29 Position: Right Wing
Height: 5-8 Weight: 180
Hometown: Westland, Mich.
History: Signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars in 2006 following four seasons at Michigan Tech. He has played in 147 NHL games with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Last season, Connor had 16 goals and 37 assists in 57 games with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Coach's Comment: "Chris is a guy who we brought in for depth for Phoenix. He's a tenacious forechecker, hard on the puck. He'll create offense through his work ethic. He's going to be a back-pressure guy who takes pucks away."


Darian Dziurzynski, No. 26
Age: 21 Position: Left Wing
Height: 6-1 Weight: 207
Hometown: Lloydminster, Alberta
History: Selected by Phoenix in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL draft, Dziurzynski had 24 goals and 16 assists in a total of 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades and the Brandon Wheat Kings in the junior Western Hockey League last season.
Coach's Comment: "He is a physical force. He has the ability to put the puck in the net, but he's a big, heavy forward. He skates well, but he can bang some bodies around. He's a heavy player."


Oliver Ekman-Larsson, No. 23
Age: 21 Position: Defense
Height: 6-2 Weight: 193
Hometown: Karlskrona, Sweden
History: Selected by Phoenix in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft, Ekman-Larsson had 13 goals and 19 assists while playing all 82 regular-season games for the Coyotes in his second NHL season. Played 48 games for Phoenix in 2010-11 (1 goal, 11 assists).
Coach's Comment: "At the NHL level, he's a top player. We're going to lean on Oliver to lead, lead by example, lead by the way he plays. He's obviously going to be an offensive guy from the standpoint of moving the puck. Defensively, we're going to lean on him to be the best player on the ice."


Maxim Goncharov, No. 3
Age: 23 Position: Defense
Height: 6-4 Weight: 215
Hometown: Moscow
History: Selected by Phoenix in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL draft, Goncharov had a goal and three assists in his second full AHL season before missing the final third of last season because of concussion.
Coach's Comment: "When the NHL starts, he wants the opportunity to be up there. Gonch has to play a simple game, a hard game. He's got a ton of ability and is as strong as a horse. We're going to look to him to just elevate his game."


Brandon Gormley, No. 36
Age: 20 Position: Defense
Height: 6-2 Weight: 203
Hometown: Murray River, Prince Edward Island
History: Selected by Phoenix in the first round of the 2010 NHL entry draft, Gormley scored 10 goals and had 17 assists in 35 total games, splitting an injury-plagued season between Moncton and Shawinigan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Coach's Comment: "He's a real smart, really intelligent player. He's probably going to play in all situations. What Brandon has to be sure of is his compete level. He's going to be playing against bigger, stronger players, and he's going to have to be hard on the puck and hard on players."


Brett Hextall, No. 24
Age: 24 Position: Right Wing
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
Hometown: Philadelphia
History: Selected by Phoenix in the sixth round of 2008 NHL draft, Hextall - the third generation of his family to play pro hockey - had seven goals and eight assists in 72 games as a rookie last season with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "He led our penalty killers last year. He's very tenacious on the puck and hard on players. He's a guy who can change momentum for us with a big hit. His emotion gets us going."


Chad Johnson. No. 30
Age: 26 Position: Goalie
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
History: Selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL draft, Johnson had a 2.49 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 49 games with Connecticut last season, his third in the AHL.
Coach's Comment: "Chad has got some experience. He's been around. We've seen what kind of pro he is. We've brought him in here obviously for depth and to help in our younger goalies' development."


Rob Klinkhammer, No. 12
Age: 26 Position: Left Wing
Height: 6-3 Weight: 214
Hometown: Lethridge, Alberta
History: Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2007 after playing four seasons in the junior Western Hockey League, Klinkhammer had 12 goals and 23 assists in 35 games last season with the Binghamton Senators. He has played in 16 NHL games.
Coach's Comment: "Rob is a power forward, a good defensive player, a good penalty killer. He's a heavy player who is very strong on the puck. He's a guy who has been around the league a little bit, a consummate pro."


Phil Lane, No. 22
Age: 20 Position: Right Wing
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
History: Selected by Phoenix in the second round of the 2010 NHL draft, Lane had a total of 65 goals and 83 assists in 237 games during four seasons with the Brampton Battalion in the junior Ontario Hockey League.
Coach's Comment: "Phil is a very good systems player. We see him being a good penalty killer for us, but he's a young player who is going to have to grow. Every day, he's going to have to put the time and effort in to get better.


Mark Louis, No. 33
Age: 25 Position: Defense
Height: 6-4 Weight: 225
Hometown: Ponoka, Alberta
History: Signed as a free agent last February after his final season at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Lewis posted four assists in 23 games with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "His game is physical, simple and punishing. He's got to take care of the front of our net, and he's got to keep the flies off our goalie, but make a simple play, a very efficient play and be really good, one-on-one."


Jordan Martinook, No. 18
Age: 20 Position: Center
Height: 6-1 Weight: 209
Hometown: Leduc, Alberta
History: Selected by Phoenix in the second round of the 2012 NHL draft, Martinook had 43 goals and 27 assists in 86 games in his second season with the Vancouver Giants of the junior Western Hockey League.
Coach's Comment: "He's a centerman who has been really impressive during the short training camp that we had. We see him possibly getting some power-play time. Because of his ability to win faceoffs, he could be a guy who sees crucial moments."


Andy Miele, No. 21
Age: 24 Position: Forward
Height: 5-9 Weight: 180
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
History: Signed as a free agent by Phoenix following his fourth season at Miami (Ohio) University, Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, had 16 goals and 38 assists in 69 games as a rookie with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "He's going to have to be one of our offensive leaders. He's got to be a direct player. We're going to look to Andy for leadership this year. We're going to look to Andy to do some penalty killing, which he didn't do a whole lot of last year."


Joel Rechlicz, No. 19 Age: 25 Position: Right Wing Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 Hometown: Brookfield, Wisc. History: Signed as a free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2006-07 season after playing junior hockey for three seasons, Rechlicz had a goal and an assist and led the AHL with 267 penalty minutes while playing for the Hershey Bears last season. Coach's Comment: "He's going to be a good teammate and keep the flies off, if you will. He's going to be a very positive guy and keep the momentum swinging the right way for us."


David Rundblad, No. 2
Age: 22 Position: Defense
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Hometown: Lycksele, Sweden
History: Selected by St. Louis in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft, Rundblad, who came to Phoenix last season in a trade with Ottawa, had seven goals and nine assists in 30 games with the Pirates. He has played 30 NHL games, all last year with Ottawa and Phoenix.
Coach's Comment: "We're hoping he can be an offensive weapon for us on the power play, moving the puck and making plays. Defensively, we're going to look to him to be in that top-four grouping."


Brendan Shinnimin, No. 16
Age: 21 Position: Center
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
History: Signed as a free agent by Phoenix in March, Shinnimin had 58 goals and 76 assists in 69 games with the Tri-City Americans to lead the junior Western Hockey League in scoring last season.
Coach's Comment: "You know, he got 134 points last year in the top junior league in the world because he has some ability, but what he is is a worker. He's a hard-working player who gets everything he gets because of his work ethic."


Michael Stone, No. 28
Age: 22 Position: Defense
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
History: Selected by Phoenix in the third round of the 2008 NHL draft, Stone played 13 games with the Coyotes last season, and also had nine goals and 13 assists in 51 games with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "He's really pushing to become an everyday NHL player. While he's here with us, he's going to have to continue to do the things that have got him success. He's a pretty simple player, but he's got a bomb for a shot. He's a good defender, a competitive guy."


Chris Summers, No. 5
Age: 24 Position: Defense
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
History: Selected by Phoenix in the first round of the 2006 NHL draft, Summers, who played 21 games with the Coyotes last season, had two assists and plus-minus rating of plus-2 in 28 games with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "Chris is a good defender, and he's got to be a hard, physical player every time he's on the ice. He's ... a guy who we can count on to play against top players and in the last minute of the game."


Jordan Szwarz, No. 10
Age: 21 Position: Right Wing
Height: 6-0 Weight: 200
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
History: Selected by Phoenix in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL draft, Szwarz had seven goals and 13 assists in 58 games as a rookie with the Pirates.
Coach's Comment: "He's your consummate 200-foot player. He's really tenacious on the puck, a really solid checker. He plays great against top players. He takes pride in those types of things. He'll be a penalty killer for us. He'll probably see some power-play time."


Mark Visentin, No. 29
Age: 20 Position: Goalie
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Hometown: Waterdown, Ontario
History: Selected by Phoenix in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft, Visentin compiled a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 166 regular-season games in four seasons with the Niagara IceDogs of the junior Ontario Hockey League.
Coach's Comment: "Viz has been an elite goalie at the junior level. We want him to maintain that mind-set, but he's going to have to work hard every day. He's definitely going to get to play. As long as Mark continues the growth we've seen, he'll get his games."


Ethan Werek, No. 8
Age: 21 Position: Center
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
Hometown: Markham, Ontario
History: Selected by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft, Weller had 10 goals and nine assists in 67 games last season as a rookie with the Pirates. He was acquired by Phoenix in a trade in May 2011.
Coach's Comment: "He has the ability to make a play in traffic, but he's got to be very direct. He's got to go to the net hard. He's got to be good defensively, be hard on the puck, win his battles, win his races and protect the puck well."


Coaching staff Ray Edwards, Head Coach
A native of Hanover, Ontario, Edwards is embarking on his third full season as a head coach of an AHL team. Last season he guided the Pirates, who remained in contention for a playoff spot until the final game of the season, to a 36-31-4-5 record. He took over as coach of the San Antonio Rampage - affiliate of Phoenix until the switch to Portland - during the 2009-10 season.
Edwards, 42, played seven seasons for three ECHL teams, compiling 83 goals, 91 assists and 1,253 penalty minutes in 309 games. In 1996, he began his coaching career as a player/coach for the ECHL's Huntington Blizzards.


John Slaney, Assistant Coach
A native of St. John's, Newfoundland, Slaney is in his second year as a coach after 20 professional seasons as a player. In 2001 and 2002, he received the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's top defenseman. Slaney, 40, led the Philadelphia Phantoms to the Calder Cup championship in 2005.


Mike Minard, Goalie/Video Coach
A native of Owen Sound, Ontario, Minard, 35, was the senior instructor at the Grainger/Minard Steel City Hockey Goaltending School in Stoney Creek, Ontario, after playing 13 professional seasons. In the 1999-2000 season, he stopped 33 of 36 shots while recording a win for Edmonton in his only NHL game.


Mike Booi, Athletic Trainer
A native of Lake Odessa, Minn., Booi, 30, is in his second season with the Pirates. After earning a degree in kinesiology from Michigan State and a masters in athletic training at Kentucky, Booi spent the 2010-11 season as the trainer for the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors.


John Krouse, Equipment Manager
A native of Rome, N.Y., Krouse is in his fifth season as equipment manager of Phoenix's AHL affiliate. When he was 19, he became head trainer for the Winston-Salem Polar Bears in the old Southern Hockey League. In 2004, while with the Pensacola Ice Pilots, he was named ECHL equipment manager of the year.


John Krouse, Equipment Manager
A native of Rome, N.Y., Krouse is in his fifth season as equipment manager of Phoenix's AHL affiliate. When he was 19, he became head trainer for the Winston-Salem Polar Bears in the old Southern Hockey League. In 2004, while with the Pensacola Ice Pilots, he was named ECHL equipment manager of the year.