Brendan Shinnimin
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Brendan Shinnimin


Winnipeg Manitoba

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Free agent signing, 2012


180 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2009-10: Brendan Shinnimin was the leading scorer for  Tri-City in his second WHL season as the Americans finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL playoff finals. Shinnimin scored 27 goals with 55 assists in 70 games and was plus-11 with 82 penalty minutes during the regular season. The Americans advanced to the WHL championship series against the Calgary Hitmen and in 22 playoff games Shinnimin scored 8 goals with 17 assists and was plus-one with 29 penalty minutes. Despite his gaudy offensive numbers Shinnimin was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was not selected in the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Shinnimin attended the New York Rangers prospect camp but was not signed to a contract. He returned to Tri-City and once again led the Americans in scoring – tying Regina’s Jordan Weal (LAK) for fifth in the WHL with 96 points. He scored 34 goals with 62 assists and was plus-20 with 84 penalty minutes in 60 games.  The Americans slipped to third behind Portland and Spokane in a competitive U.S. Division and lost to Spokane in a second round playoff series. Shinnimin scored 4 goals with 7 assists in ten playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes. He was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team.

2011-12: Shinnimin attended the Coyotes training camp but was not signed to a contract. He returned to the WHL for an overage season and was named the CHL Player of the Year; leading the WHL in scoring and sharing the league’s top plus/minus (plus-45) with Brandon’s Mark Stone (OTT). One of three Tri-City players to top the 100-point mark, Shinnimin finished with 58 goals and 76 assists in 69 games and had 82 penalty minutes. He scored 21 of his 58 goals on the power play. Tri-City finished first in the U.S. Division and reach the playoff semifinals. Shinnimin scored 7 goals with 16 assists and was plus-seven with 28 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. Shinnimin signed a three-year entry-level contract with Phoenix in March, 2012.

2012-13: Shinnimin skated for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Portland in his first pro season. Playing in a team-high 74 games he scored 12 goals with 21 assists and was -18 with 77 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round with two of the three losses in overtime. Shinnimin played in one playoff game and was +1 with an assist.

2013-14: Shinnimin returned to the AHL’s Portland Pirates in his second pro season. He scored 13 goals with 15 assists and was -8 with 31 penalty minutes in 52 games — missing time in the middle of the year after suffering a concussion. Portland finished last in the Atlantic Division, missing the playoffs.

2014-15: Shinnimin made his NHL debut with Arizona in a November 29th game against Calgary and skated in 12 games with the Coyotes in his third pro season — shuttling between Arizona and AHL affiliate Portland in the second half of the season. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging 11 minutes of ice time for the Coyotes. Shinnimin was the second-leading scorer for Portland behind AHL veteran Alexandre Bolduc. He scored 22 goals with 25 assists and was -1 with 80 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games. The Pirates finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, falling to eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester in a first-round playoff series. Shinnimin scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in the five-game series against the Monarchs. He signed a one-year contract with Arizona as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Shinnimin is a diminutive center who plays with skill and also has a chippy side to his game. He is 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. His defensive game has been a work in progress during his pro career.


Shinnimin will look to earn a lower line role with the Coyotes in 2015-16 after making his NHL debut and playing 12 games with Arizona last year. The second-leading scorer and one of the top players for the AHL's Portland Pirates, he may start the season with new Coyotes' affiliate Springfield this year. With a talented group of young forwards coming into the Arizona system he faces steep competition. His progress to this points suggests he has value as a lower line player capable of handling multiple roles.

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