After being sidelined with concussion-related symptoms for almost two years, Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon finally made his professional debut for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday night. Hishon, the 17th overall pick in the 2010 draft, had three shots on goal in the Monsters’ 4-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs). It is great news for the Avalanche that they finally get to see their former first round pick take the ice, and that he will hopefully get a solid month of time in with the Monsters.
Hishon was drafted by the Avalanche after his third season in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack. He was limited to 36 games by injuries, but still had 16 goals and 40 points. The 2010-11 season saw him lead the way for the Attack with 37 goals and 84 points in 50 games. His season came to an end during the Memorial Cup, when he took an elbow to the head from Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice (and a Buffalo Sabres prospect), giving him the concussion that would sideline him for the entire 2011-12 season. He was noted for his offensive playmaking skills and stickhandling while in the OHL, and will be a welcome addition to a Monsters team that has had trouble scoring this season and sits near the bottom of the AHL’s Western Conference.
The Monsters will face McNabb and the Rochester Americans on Apr. 5. McNabb is one of the leading scorers for Rochester with five goals and 36 points this season, and will want to be sure and keep his head up that night.