Joey Hishon warms up prior to the Burgundy and White game at Magness Arena. September 21, 2014 -Denver University. Photo credit to Heather Williams.
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 172 pounds
Joey Hishon is definitely the fan favorite for making the team next year. The Avalanche selected Hishon at #17 just one year after getting Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly. Avalanche fans have been waiting awhile for him to come up.
However, during the 2011 Memorial Cup, Kootenay Ice defenseman Brayden McNabb illegally elbowed Hishon in a horrible play that gave him a concussion. Hishon missed the entire 2011-12 season and the first half of the 2012-13 season with post-concussion syndrome. Hishon suffered another concussion just a few games into his pro debut with the Lake Erie Monsters.
There’s no doubt that Hishon is injury-prone. However, he has such promise. He scored 16 goals and 20 assists with the Lake Erie Monsters. In just 13 games with the Avalanche he earned two points — a goal and an assist. He’s a speedy little guy and determined to make a go of a sport that keeps injuring him. Here’s hoping he can make the Avalanche roster.