Shishkanov named AHL rookie of the month

By Brian Roe

Shishkanov Named AHL Rookie of the Month

The American Hockey League announced this week that
Milwaukee Admirals left winger Timofei
was selected as the AHL Rookie of the Month for February.  The 20-year-old notched nine goals and five
assists and a +11 rating through the month’s 15 games. 


The 6’1”, 213-pounder has registered 41 points and 30
penalty minutes in 57 games this season for the Admirals.  The Nashville Predators drafted Shishkanov
in the second round of the 2001 Entry draft. 
The Russian native skated in two games with the Predators this season
without registering a point. 


Shishkanov currently leads all AHL rookies in shots (151),
plus/minus (+23) and is tied for the rookie lead in points.  He is second among rookies in goals scored
with 22.  The young forward is also second
on the Admirals in plus/minus, trailing only teammate Curtis Murphy (+25). 


Shishkanov is a featured weapon for the improved Milwaukee
offensive attack this season; an offense ranked first in the AHL with 197 goals
scored.  The rookie leads the team in
goals scored.


Shishkanov is expected to complete the season in Milwaukee
and help its playoff push and then compete for a full-time spot on the
Nashville Predators squad next fall. 


The Predators, whose system has never produced a sniper, are
hoping this is only the beginning for the talented Nashville prospect.



Nashville News and Notes


Sets Rookie Record


Nashville rookie defenseman Dan Hamhuis set a rookie record Thursday night notching five
points, one goal and four assists, in Nashville’s nine-goal clobbering of the
Pittsburgh Penguins.  Hamhuis, 21, set a
franchise record for points by a rookie in a single game and was also the first
rookie to post five points in a game since January 2002 when Atlanta forward
Ilya Kovalchuk did it.


Scores Too


Perhaps at home in the Igloo of Pittsburgh, Nashville rookie
forward Jordin Tootoo netted his
fourth goal of the season.  Tootoo, 21,
may only have four goals and four assists this season, but the energetic rookie
owns a team-leading 127 PIM. 


Dandy Andy


Nashville rookie defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, 23, makes the most of each opportunity to shine
when called up by the Predators. 
Hutchinson again netted a goal Thursday against the Penguins to give him
four goals and four assists in only 17 games with the Nashville Predators.  Despite traveling back and forth from
Milwaukee and Nashville, Hutchinson remains a consistent performer at each
level for the Predators.  Hutchinson
could become a power play fixture, however, his defensive shortcomings could
hinder his ability to stick at the NHL level. 
Hutchinson is rumored to be involved in trade talks as the Predators
look to pick up another player for its playoff push.  Clearly, other teams are interested in Hutchinson’s offensive
instincts and strong slap shot, but the Predators would be wise to hold onto
the young defenseman as he can only improve his play on the blueline. 


Continues Superior Season


Center Patrick
continues his stellar play with the Owen Sound of the OHL.  The 20-year-old leads his team with 65
points in 62 games.  He also has a
team-high 42 assists.  Jarrett was
selected in the 2002 Entry Draft.