The Phoenix Coyotes called up defenseman Chris Summers from the American Hockey League affiliate the Portland Pirates on March 12. Two days later the Coyotes sent forward Nick Johnson down to the Pirates, per a recent release.
Summers, an Ann Arbor, Mich native, was a first round draft pick, 29th overall, by the Coyotes in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 29 career games with Phoenix the former University of Michigan Wolverine has three-assists but has been unable to put the biscuit in the basket.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound, forward was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (67th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Johnson played with the Penguins from 2009-11 and appeared in10-games. In 2011-12 he played 77-games with the Minnesota Wild. The Calgary, Alberta native signed with Phoenix as a free agent on July 12, 2012.
In 17-games with the Coyotes this season Johnson has scored four-goals and dished out six-assists. Johnson has appeared in 104 NHL games and has scored 14-goals and accumulated 23-assists.