GLENDALE – Play with confidence and play your game.
That’s the advice forward Brendan Shinnimin has received from friends and family members the past few days after the 23-year-old forward got the news that the Coyotes would like to see what he’s got at the NHL level.
"I’m ecstatic to be here," Shinnimin said after Friday’s practice, his first after being recalled from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. "I want to make the biggest impact I can make as soon as possible. I’m looking to bring energy and hopefully contribute offensively."
Shinnimin has notched four goals and 10 assists in 19 games for Portland this season – his third with the team. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Winnipeg has seen numerous AHL teammates get the call from Arizona before him and has patiently waited his turn. But being the underdog is nothing new for Shinnimin, whom the Coyotes signed as an undrafted free agent in March of 2012.
"Not being drafted was a disappointing thing but it’s never over," Shinnimin said. "I was fortunate enough to get offered a contract as a free agent by Arizona."
Shinnimin recorded 134 points (58 goals, 76 assists) in 69 games with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey league in 2011-12, earning him the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading regular-season scorer. He also was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Year that season. In 146 AHL games since then, Shinnimin has notched 29 goals and 47 assists.
"I think I’m ready (for the NHL) now," Shinnimin said. "I’m looking to make an impact and hopefully stay. I’ve been playing pretty well down in Portland and playing the right way so I think there’s no need to change anything. I’ll just come up here and play the same way."