The Phoenix Coyotes signed Tri-City Americans free-agent center Brendan Shinnimin to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Brendan attended our 2011 training camp last September and has had a terrific season to date," Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Shinnimin has 118 points in 61 games this season. He was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Month for February in addition to the WHL Player of the Month for February, leading all WHL scorers by collecting an unprecedented 43 points (20-23-43).
"It is really exciting," Shinnimin said. "It's something you dream about as a kid to sign an NHL contract. It's been a long road not being drafted, being a smaller player and being overlooked, even in the bantam draft. It's exciting when that pays off."