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If he ever makes the NHL, it will be a bottom-pairing defenseman


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September 2020- Birks spent all of last year in the ECHL, playing for Rapid City. While his penalty numbers were one of the highest on the team, Birks point totals were not. With his contract with Arizona now expiring, it seems doubtful they resign him. Keith Duggan

June 2019 – Birks was dealt to Arizona with Phil Kessel and a fourth-round pick for LW Alex Galchenyuk and D prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Birks might have a better chance at cracking the Coyotes’ lineup, but he must dramatically raise his game. Mark Allan

May 2019 – Getting into just one AHL game, Birks posted a goal and 13 helpers for the Wheeling Nailers. Toiling in the ECHL won’t advance his hopes of an NHL career, and the clock is beginning to tick for the 23-year-old. The 6-2, 201-pounder has size and a righthand shot to his credit but the final campaign on his entry-level deal had better be a good one. Mark Allan

December 2018 – Continuing an undistinguished pro career, Birks has four assists after 15 games with the Wheeling Nailers. Sixteen PIMs represent his calling card, which might prolong his viability in the ECHL. Mark Allan

October 2018 – After making the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opening roster but not playing in the team’s AHL opener, the parent c