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Mobile offensive defenseman with good powerplay abilities. Needs to play better in his own zone.


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July 2022- The Coyotes have moved on from Capobianco, not qualifying him a contract offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. A day after free agency opened, he signed a two-year deal with Winnipeg. The first year of the contract is two-way with the second one-way. After never catching on in Arizona, this will be a good opportunity for Capobianco to get his once promising career back on track. Given the structure of the deal, he will likely see time at AHL Manitoba in the upcoming season. Keith Duggan

June 2022- Capobianco saw his first full campaign in the NHL with Arizona, appearing in 45 games. The offensive defenseman put up two goals and nine points but once again never seemed to earn the coaching staff’s confidence. He was passed on the depth chart by other young d-men like Dysin Mayo, Janis Moser and Cam Dineen and frequently found himself a healthy scratch. It’s expected that with Capobianco’s contract up, Arizona will not tender him an offer and he will be a free agent. Keith Duggan

May 2021- Despite playing strongly for Tucson, Capobianco never got another sniff in the NHL for Arizona, even with injuries hitting the Coyotes blue line. A new coaching staff in Arizona, several d-men expected to depart this offseason and on a one-way contract, this coming year Capobianco needs to show something or it might be the offensive defenseman’s last opportunity with the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

March 2021- After being waived and going unclaimed, Capobianco started this campaign on the Coyotes taxi squad. With injuries hitting Arizona’s blueline, Capobianco saw his opportunity and once again struggled. He appeared in two games before being replaced in the lineup, where Capobianco had several bad giveaways and still doesn’t look ready for the NHL. Sent back to the AHL, Capobianco is currently playing very well, especially offensively, where he has six points in seven games. With the Coyotes pushing for a playoff spot, it’s unknown if we see him up with the big club anytime soon. Keith Duggan

October 2020- The Coyotes have resigned Capobianco to a two-year, one-way contract. This is exciting news for the young blueliner as it’s almost definite he makes the big club this coming campaign. He’ll probably be in a depth role at least to start 2020-21 but with more confidence look for Capobianco to work his way up the lineup. Keith Duggan

April 2020- Capobianco appeared in nine games with the Coyotes, scoring one goal, in a campaign that saw the young blueliner shuffled up and down from the AHL to the NHL several times. He never really seemed to earn the Coyotes coaching staff’s trust, as his defensive game still needs some work, averaging just 14:46 time on ice. In the AHL for Tucson though was a different story. Capobianco was dominate, averaging nearly a point-per-game, as he was one of the top offensive defensemen in the league. A stud on the power play, Tucson was a much more confident team with him in the lineup. While play in his own zone does still needs some improvement, Capobianco is ready for the next step. With his entry-level deal expiring this summer, look for him to be a full-time NHLer in 2020-21. Keith Duggan

October 2019- Returning from knee surgery from last February, Capobianco had an excellent training camp with the Coyotes and even made their opening night roster. Unfortunately, that roster spot would be as the team’s seventh defenseman and Capobianco found himself a healthy scratch the first few games of the NHL campaign before being sent to Tucson to see some game action. He would play one game in the AHL, recording an assist, before being recalled back up to the big club with Niklas Hjalmarsson being placed on IR. While a huge loss for Arizona losing the services of veteran d-man Hjalmarsson, this could be the smooth skating Capobianco’s chance to seize a roster with the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

February 2019- Recalled shortly after the AHL All-Star Game with the Coyotes placing defenseman Jakob Chychrun on the IR, Capobianco finally saw an opportunity to play in the NHL this season. He played a solid game against Nashville, even seeing some time on the power play. In the second game though, in the third period against Columbus, Capobianco would take a hit from Nick Foligno into the boards. The young d-man would need help off the ice, not being able to put any weight on his right leg. The next day the Coyotes announced that Capobianco will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury, apparently a ACL tear on his right knee. A huge bad luck break for Capobianco, he now most likely plays next year in the AHL rehabbing back to 100 percent from this injury. Keith Duggan

January 2019- It’s been a great first half to Capobianco’s second pro season. The offensive defenseman has been very active in Tucson’s attack. He currently leads the team in points with 29, not bad for a d-man and for a second straight year, will play in the AHL All-Star Game. Capobianco is sixth among defenseman scoring in the AHL. While not part of his game but interesting for fantasy purposes, he leads Tucson in penalty minutes too with 49. With several injuries hitting the Coyotes, Capobianco has yet to see a recall as it looks like Arizona would like him to play a more rounded game still. Make no bones about it though, Capobianco is a prospect to watch and on a team like the Coyotes that likes to play a fast, up-tempo style, he’s a perfect fit. Keith Duggan

October 2018- Capobianco was surprisingly a early cut from Coyotes training camp and will head to Tucson. There he’ll continue to work on play in his own zone while still playing a solid puck moving game. Keith Duggan

June 2018- The mobile d-man opened a lot of eyes in 2017-18, putting together a very good first season of pro. Capobianco put up 30 points in 49 games, fourth among rookie blueliners with his 28 assists tied for second. He was especially dangerous on the power play where his 18 assists on the man advantage were second among rookie defenseman and fifth among all d-men in the AHL. Expect him to play most of this coming season in the AHL working on play in his own zone but when injuries hit to receive one of the first call-ups to the big club. Keith Duggan

January 2018- Capobianco’s breakout first pro season continues as the young defenceman has been added to the AHL All-Star game as a replacement. He’s currently second in scoring among rookie d-men with two goals and 22 points in 35 games and has been very good on the power play where his 13 assists leads all first year blueliners. Keith Duggan

December 2017- After an excellent start to his pro career, Capobianco was recalled to the Coyotes, where he made his NHL debut against the Bruins on Dec. 7th. He played a modest 13:33 but didn’t look out of place when on the ice. In the AHL, Capobianco was third on Tucson in points with 14, second on the club in assists at 12. He showed outstanding vision with the puck, getting low accurate shots on net. Capobianco most likely ends up back in the AHL after a few games with the Coyotes but he’s quickly jumping up the depth chart of Arizona. Keith Duggan

May 2017- Capobianco put together another good season in the OHL, racking up 10 goals and 47 points, ranking 14th among defenseman in the league in scoring. With Sudbury knocked out of the first round of the playoff’s (three assists in six games), Capobianco suited up for five scoreless games in the AHL. Expect to see him play 2017-18 in Tucson adjusting to the pro game. Keith Duggan

October 2016- After a solid rookie and main training camp with the Coyotes, Kyle Capobianco has been sent back to the OHL for what should be his final season of junior. Upon his return to Sudbury, he was named the Wolves captain. Also in a show of faith, Capobianco was signed soon after returning to junior to a three-year, entry-contract with Arizona. Keith Duggan

June 2016- Capobianco had another solid season for the lowly Sudbury Wolves, recording seven goals and 43 points, leading the team in assists. His 43 points were good for 11th in the OHL for defenseman, all the more impressive considering Sudbury was one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. He’ll be back in the OHL for 2016-17, and with Sudbury expected to improve in the standings, should put up even better numbers. Keith Duggan

June 2015- The Arizona Coyotes grabbed the Sudbury Wolves assistant captain, Kyle Capobianco, in the third round, 63rd overall. Keith Duggan

June 2015 –Smooth skating defender with emerging offensive instincts, Capobianco really came on strong down the stretch in his draft year. Playing on the OHL’s last placed squad in Sudbury, Capobianco was one of the few bright spots showcasing an efficient puck moving style of game. He uses a strong technical stride and heads up carrying to push the pace up ice. Defensively, Capobianco is an improving defender who should eventually develop into a trustworthy middle-pairing player. He owns good powerplay quarterbacking abilities and stands to have a breakout season in 2015-16 improving upon an impressive 10 goal, 40 point sophomore OHL season. Brendan Ross

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 13, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 63


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