Coyotes, Devils trade prospects

The Phoenix Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, have announced that they have acquired defenseman Sean Zimmerman from the New Jersey Devils, parent club of the AHL’s Lowell Devils, in exchange for left wing Kevin Cormier.

Zimmerman, 21, spent last season with Lowell, recording six assists and 47 penalty minutes in 66 games. He also skated in eight games with Trenton of the ECHL, tallying one assist and 10 PIM.

In 2006-07, the native of Denver represented the United States in the World Junior Championships. He also completed his junior hockey career by collecting two goals and 12 assists in 60 games with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. In four junior seasons with Spokane, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Zimmerman recorded 59 points (10g, 49a) and 165 PIM in 270 games. He was originally drafted by New Jersey in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.

Cormier, 22, spent his rookie season with Arizona in the Central Hockey League, collecting three goals, two assists and 104 PIM in 23 games.

Originally selected by Phoenix in the sixth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, Cormier played three major junior seasons in the QMJHL with Shawinigan, Rimouski and Halifax, totaling 30 goals, 25 assists and 609 penalty minutes in 183 games.

Cormier’s younger brother Patrice was selected by New Jersey in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft.