|Written by Russ Bitely|
April 2013 – Stone seems like he has cemented his claim on a full-time NHL gig in Phoenix with solid season. Stone has more offensive upside than he has shown but he has proven responsible in his game and sacrifices himself well with 46 blocks in 31 games. The organization would like to see him become more aggressive. With the growth of a couple blue line prospects this season, the Coyotes may be open to moving a veteran or two to open up room on the big club. Stone is not a player I’d advise drafting, but can be a useful pickup in a pinch when needed. Jason Banks
January 2013 – After scoring 22 points in 33 AHL games, Stone put himself in a head up battle with David Rundblad for a roster spot with the Coyotes. After an injury to vet Rostislav Klesla, that battle has continued into the NHL. Has some offensive upside if he becomes a regular. Jason Banks
June 2012 – Stone, who stands well above 6-feet, has good size and reach for the next level. He developed his game in junior with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) as he is a composed two-way defender that plays all zones fairly well. Offensively he chips in with a strong shot from the point which is utilized in the power play and moves the puck smartly up ice to lead the breakout. Played in his second AHL season, but did get a taste of the NHL game as well this past year.
Fantasy Outlook: C+
If Stone continues his improvement with skating and physical play, he could become a second or third pair defenseman in the NHL.
Michael Stone throwing the mitts with Rampage (AHL) on 4/1/2011.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:35|