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ROOKIES GET CHANCE TO WOW GRETZKY

Tuesday, 09.16.2008 / 10:17 AM / Features
By Russell Brooks
Coyotes fans will get the chance to see the 2008 rookies in game action for the first time tonight when the team hosts rookies from the Los Angeles Kings at 6 p.m. The game is open to the public and free.

Fans who can’t make it to Jobing.com Arena can watch the game live at phoenixcoyotes.com.

For Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky, this game will be an opportunity to evaluate the talent the organization has in development.

“We are trying to establish where guys can go from here and be a part of the group,” Gretzky said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “Without putting them in a bad situation, we want to see who can be at the camp and make our team.”

Gretzky said he would have his eye on two or three defensemen, and at least eight forwards whom he believes have ”a legitimate shot at making the team.”

A couple players to watch in Coyotes colors are forwards Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Turris and Brett MacLean. The trio will play on the team’s top line, with Turris at center.

Amateur tryout goaltender Kurtis Mucha will start for the Coyotes. Swedish goaltender Joel Gistedt will start Wednesday’s game against the Kings (2 p.m.) with each player minding the nets for the entire game.

Most players participating tonight will be playing for the first time in Coyotes colors.

“The biggest thing is we know what each individual brings to the table,” Gretzky said. “We realize they will all be nervous. We don’t want them to be someone that they are not.”
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