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Cade Fairchild(2) Portland Pirates

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3rd year defenseman Cade Fairchild(2) was picked up in an AHL trade deadline deal by Phoenix Coyotes for future considerations and reassigned to their farm club, Portland Pirates.

Originally a St. Louis Blues‘ 4th round pick in the 2007 draft, he skated mostly with their minor league affiliates apart from 5 NHL games in his rookie season (one assist).

In a somewhat surprisingly move he was also sent down to the ECHL for a pair of contests for Kalamazoo Wings near the beginning of the current season.

The slightly small-ish looking 5’11” 178 lbs. blue liner has appeared in 150 AHL contests scoring 10 goals and 55 assists with a massive +30 rating.

He dished out his fair share of helpers in four years at University Of Minnesota.

Tbe 25-year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current campaign after signing a one-year extension.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up playing in 2014/2015, but I doubt anyone will be surprised if he decides to take his talents overseas.

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Jordan Martinook(18) Portland Pirates

Jordan Martinook

Phoenix Coyotes‘ 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft (#58 overall) left wing Jordan Martinook(18) surpassed his rookie year high marks with minor league affiliate Portland Pirates for goals, assists and points in one less AHL game than he played in all of his first season. He reached the new mark in 52 contests and skated in 53 during his first campaign.

He currently sits at 11 goals, 12 assists for 23 points, which eclipsed last year totals (9-10-19). Almost ironically he set the new totals in that 52nd game, where he notched a tally and a pair of helpers.

The 6′ 202 lbs. forward wasted little time turning pro after being selected as a 20-year old (currently 22), skating in his second season with Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He managed to put a nifty 40 goals in 2011/2012.

His entry level deal runs through 2014/2015 and his play definitely looks to be reaching that next level, which could score him an NHL recall before the end of this season depending where the parent club’s playoff push is at in the next couple of weeks.

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Mathieu Brisebois(25) Rockford IceHogs

Mathieu Brisebois

Undrafted rookie defenseman Mathieu Brisebois(25) undergoes an address change in his first pro season.

He was traded from Phoenix Coyotes‘ prospect system on reassignment to affiliate Portland Pirates to Chicago Blackhawks‘ farm club Rockford IceHogs.

The somewhat undersized 5’11” 190 lbs. blue liner played in 28 AHL games picking up a goal and three assists with a -5 on a cellar dwelling team but was also a healthy scratch on more than a few occasions.

In his fourth year of QMJHL with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies he led the league in goals, assists and points by a d-man and continued on a similar tear in the playoffs.

The 21-year old signed a three-year entry level deal that keeps him under contract through 2015/2016.

It will be interesting to see if he can parlay his junior hockey finish into producing on the score sheet at the next level.

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Scott Fleming(24) Fort Wayne Komets

Scott Fleming

At 26-years old Fort Wayne Komets‘ center Scott Fleming(24) has to be enjoying his “rookie” season.

He first signed an agreement to join the team’s preseason roster but once they saw him play he was a part of the team.

He last played on ultimate reassignment to Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011/2012 after invites to affiliates Phoenix Coyotes and Portland Pirates‘ training camps.

His first year pro was cut short after only 6 games with 3 goals and 1 assists after suffering a season-ending concussion.

The 5’11” 180 lbs. undrafted forward is another player that took a somewhat longer route before ever signing a contract.

He started at 16 with three years marking up the score sheet in the OPJHL before moving on to 4 seasons of hockey at Dartmouth College, where he served as team captain in 2010-2011.

After almost two full campaigns of sitting on the sidelines, his return picks up where he left off.

In 40 ECHL games he has 11 goals and 23 assists with a +13 rating.

His point production got him noticed as Worcester Sharks signed him to a pto to fill some injured holes in the lineup.

He skated in 4 AHL games and dished a pair of helpers with a +1 plus/minus, which could easily grab the attention on another higher league club.

For now though, he’ll go back to double A hockey, continue to work on his game and help his team win.

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Daine Todd(3) Portland Pirates

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Phoenix Coyotes‘ undrafted rookie defenseman Daine Todd(3) is another recent player to take a somewhat Jeffy, Family Circus route to turning pro.

He even sat out the entire 2008-2009 campaign and lost another pair of seasons to injuries before he ever signing a contract.

To make matters stranger he played an over-age year with Medicine Hat Tigers and won two WHL Championships before being sidelined and returned for four campaigns with University Of New Brunswick. He also won a college title with them.

The small-ish looking 5’10” 185 lbs. former forward turned blue liner battles pretty hard but is a -14 plus/minus so far in his first season but is also on the ice for many different kinds of game situations because of his versatile play.

On the upside he has 2 goals and 21 assists in 44 games with Portland Pirates. His helper total is first among rookies and third overall on the team.

He’s signed to an AHL contract under the watchful eye of the parent club .

At 27-years old he might become one of the oldest players to sign a one-year entry level deal.

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James Melindy(4) Portland Pirates

James Melindy

Phoenix Coyotes‘ 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft (#88 overall) defenseman James Melindy(4) spent the start of his rookie season on the injured reserve list with minor league affiliate Portland Pirates.

Finally healthy enough at the turn of the new year he made it back into the lineup and through 14 AHL games he has his first pro marker but a -8 rating on a team that struggles at times.

At 6’3″ 187 lbs. he’s a pretty big, mostly stay-at-home style blue liner but he did show some offensive upside in his last couple campaigns of junior hockey with Moncton Wildcats before deciding to turn pro after his third year.

Signed to a three-year entry level deal through 2016, the recently just turned 20-year old is probably viewed by the parent club as a work in progress despite his pretty high selection but looks to have the ability to break out sooner than later and could get an NHL look as soon as next season.

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Brendan Shinnimin(16) Portland Pirates

Brendan Shinnimin

Phoenix Coyotes‘ 2nd year undrafted center Brendan Shinnimin(16) is sort of quietly putting up decent scoring numbers for minor league affiliate Portland Pirates.

Through 24 AHL games he has 4 goals and 8 assists. In his rookie season he scored a handy 12 tallies and added 21 helpers in 74 contests.  He was also an unfortunate -18 plus/minus.

At 5’10” 185 lbs., he’s not necessarily the biggest looking guy out there but has shown the ability to connect with decent consistency on the score sheet.

In his final WHL campaign with Tri-City Americans, he put up a league high 134 points (58 goals, 76 assists).

He finished his junior hockey career scoring 131 goals and 201 assists in 267 games with a monstrous +85 rating.

The 22-year old is signed to a three-year entry level deal through 2015.

If he can stay active on the score sheet, he’s bound to earn himself an NHL recall.

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Rostislav Klesla(20) Portland Pirates

Rostislav Klesla

13th year former Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 1st round draft pick in the 2000 draft (#4 overall), Czech Republic-born defenseman Rostislav Klesla(20) finds himself reassigned to the AHL for the first time in his pro career.

Signed to a lucrative four year deal extension that ends at the conclusion of the 2013/2014 season, he was the last remaining player with the team since they were introduced to the league in 2000/2001 but was traded to Phoenix Coyotes during the first year of his new contract.

Never a big contributor on the score sheet, the big 6’3″ 215 lbs. blue liner failed to gel in the system and was waived then quickly recalled (maybe with hope a deal was in place to send him elsewhere) but never manifested and he was sent down again, joining minor league affiliate Portland Pirates.

In three games he’s recorded an assist.

The 31-year old has appeared in 649 NHL games scoring 48 goals and 110 assists with a -44 rating. Most of his plus/minus downfall was within the first couple of seasons with the expansion team.

In all likelihood, he’ll make the move towards playing out the final years of his pro career in a league like the KHL.


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Tobias Rieder(9) Portland Pirates

Tobias Rieder

Originally an Edmonton Oilers‘ 4th round pick in the 2011 draft (#114 overall) German-born right wing Tobias Rieder(9) was traded in a prospects’ deal to Phoenix Coyotes and was quickly signed to a 3-year entry level contract.

He starts his pro career on reassignment to AHL affiliate Portland Pirates where he’s making things happen on the score sheet with 6 goals and a pair of assists in 11 games. He got sidelined with a lower body injury suffered in the debut but also scored his first two tallies.

The not so huge 5’11” 190 lbs. forward is always squarely in the middle of the play and usually comes out on the other end with a puck and a scoring chance.

At only 20-years old, he’s already played one campaign professionally in the Germany2 league for his hometown EV Landshut and did pretty well with 10 goals, 13 assists in 45 games.

After that he left for three years of junior hockey in the OHL with Kitchener Rangers and amassed 231 points in 205 regular season and playoff games.

There’s little doubt he is a player that can make the jump up to the NHL. It’s just a matter of being given an opening, which looks likely to happen for him as a rookie prospect.

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Gilbert Brule(7) Portalnd Pirates

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8th year right wing Gilbert Brule(7) was invited to Phoenix Coyotes‘ training camp after spending the 2011/2012 season and 12 playoff games with the team, after being claimed off waivers from Edmonton Oilers.

He finished 31 games with 5 goals, 9 assists and a +7 rating, adding another 3 points in the postseason.

He’s a veteran of 296 NHL contests, scoring 43 times with 52 helpers with a troubling -38 plus/minus. To be fair, most of those negative numbers were on a pair of squads far below a .500 winning percentage.

Originally a Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 1st round pick in the 2005 draft (#6 overall), he spent a couple of years in their prospect system but was traded to hometown team Edmonton, where in the 2009/2010 season he put up a career high 17 goals, 20 assists and 37 points.

His performance uptick earned him a first one-way, 2-year contract but after a season of sub-par point totals, he was once again headed for reassignment.

He tried to pick up his game overseas in Switzerland but that experiment went south about a month in.

The 5’11” 186 lbs. forward was released by the Coyotes before the start of 2013/2014, but instead of moving on too far he decided to sign a pto with minor league affiliate Portland Pirates and has been a steady veteran presence putting up 6 goals and a pair of assists in 8 AHL games.

At just 26-years old, he still super-young but might be running out of time to prove his capabilities that were on fire in three years and a big Memorial Cup Championship win with Vancouver Giants.

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