PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Tri-City Americans forward Brendan Shinnimin, who was invited to the Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp, and held over for the main camp, was assigned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL on Thursday.
Shinnimin, the Americans' leading scorer last season, was one of 18 Coyotes players sent to the Pirates.
"It's been awesome," said Shinnimin, who will leave Phoenix today for Portland, Maine. "I went to the rookie camp with the mentality to making main camp. I guess the GM and coaches were impressed. I got the invite to main camp. I adapted really quick and did well there, too."
The Coyotes have not signed Shinnimin to a contract, but he's hoping that will come soon.
"Nothing is for certain right now," he said. "They are sending me to Portland and hopefully I can develop in that league. Things seem to be coming together as I hoped they would. I'm at a stage where negotiations are starting to happen. Hopefully I'll have a contract when it's done."
Shinnimin played in exhibition games during rookie camp, but didn't get the opportunity in main camp.
"I didn't get to play with the pros, but it was exciting to see them play at that level," said Shinnimin, who will not be in the lineup for the Americans' home opener Saturday against Spokane. "That was pretty cool."
Portland won the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference last season with a 47-24-7-2 record.