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Coyotes Recall Brendan Shinnimin

Brendan Shinnimin may see regular season NHL ice for the first time in his career.

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The Arizona Coyotes announced today that they have recalled Brendan Shinnimin from the Portland Pirates.  Shinnimin is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and played with the Tri-City Americans.  He signed with the Coyotes after a stellar season in the Western Hockey League in 2011-12, where he lead the league with 134 points with 58 goals and 76 assists in 69 games, and won the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy for WHL Player of the Year, the Bob Clarke Trophy as WHL leading scorer and was selected to the WHL First All-Star Team.

Since signing with the Coyotes, he spent the past two seasons with the Portland Pirates, although he seems to have taken a while to find his game.  His first two seasons saw him go 12-21-33 and 13-15-28, but he has been playing much better this season with four goals and 10 assists in 19 games.  This is likely due to increased responsibility with the Pirates due to Andy Miele signing with the Detroit Red Wings.

Shinnimin is a smaller player for the NHL, currently listed as 5-foot-10.  Hockey's Future describes him as "a playmaker with great vision but can also use his speed and quickness to become a goal-scoring threat. Good faceoff man, can kill penalties, and plays with an edge."