Coyotes assign 2015 first-round pick Dylan Strome to Erie

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes assigned 2015 first-round pick Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the junior Ontario Hockey League on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Strome had an assist and averaged 13:41 of ice time in seven games with the Coyotes this season. He was drafted third overall.

''Dylan has made exceptional progress and continues to make strides to being an elite center in this league,'' Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. ''At this point in time we felt it was best for his development to get him back playing in junior, but his future in the NHL is very bright.''

Because Strome still has junior eligibility, he isn't allowed to play in the Coyotes' farm system.

Last season, he had 37 goals and 74 assists in 56 regular-season games for Erie.

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