Arizona Coyotes place Dysin Mayo on waivers

Per Elliotte Friedman, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Dysin Mayo was placed on waivers.

The 26-year-old defenseman is in the first year of the three-year, $2.85 million contract he signed last offseason. Mayo earns $950,000 annually in the NHL. In 13 games played this year, he has no points and a rating of -6.

A relatively unknown talent in the American Hockey League, the Coyotes surprised many when they gave Dysin Mayo a full-time spot on the roster for the 2021-22 season. He played 67 games for the Coyotes’ penultimate team.

During his rookie season, he scored four goals and 12 points, along with 27 PIM and an ominous -22 rating. In a season without many feel-good moments for his team, Mayo ranked fourth among Coyotes defensemen in ice time, averaging 20:55 per game.

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After a strong rookie campaign, the Coyotes weren’t happy with Mayo’s performance this year. He has been sidelined for 13 of his team’s 26 games this season. Mayo is a defensive-back who does not score points. Players who don’t accumulate points must compensate in other ways, such as hitting, blocking shots, and overall strong defensive play.

Last season, Mayo averaged about two hits and blocks per game. This year, his number of blocked shots has dropped with his ice time. In games he’s played this year, he’s been stuck on bottom pair, playing less than 12 minutes per game.

The Coyotes gave him one last chance on Nov. 23 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He played 17 minutes that night in a Coyotes win. He hasn’t played in a Coyotes uniform since that game.

Still, a right-handed defenseman with one term remaining on a friendly deal will spark some interest in the NHL. A number of teams could use a cheap right-handed defenseman, including the Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres.

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