Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled defenseman David Schlemko from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, center Kyle Turris has been assigned to the Rampage.
Schlemko, 21, has recorded one assist in three games with the Coyotes this season. He has also registered 5-17-22 and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with San Antonio this season to lead all Rampage defensemen in scoring. Last season, he appeared in 58 games with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League (CHL) and collected 10-29-39 and 24 PIM. Schlemko also registered 3-5-8 in 14 playoff games to help lead the Sundogs to the 2008 Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship.
Prior to playing in the CHL last season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Schlemko spent three seasons (2004-05 to 2006-07) with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 198 career WHL games, he recorded 22-109-131 and 145 PIM. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Schlemko originally signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 19, 2007.
Turris, 19, has recorded 6-10-16 and 17 PIM in 50 games with the Coyotes this season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.