Brennan

 

TJ Brennan, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 205

Born: 1989-4-3

Hometown: Willingboro, NJ

Drafted: 2007 by Buffalo Sabres, 31st Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2014 – After posting 67 points in 72 games, Brennan was given the Eddie Shore award for the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. Personally I do not feel his play merited this award, offensively he has been nothing short of spectacular, but in his own zone, he has been atrocious! He is the worst defenseman on the Marlies with a negative-10 rating and only 28 of his current 72 points have been at even strength. His play without the puck and high risk antics are extremely un-nerving. His career is starting to compare to Marc-Andre Bergeron. If a team is willing to regularly dress seven defense and utilize him in a strictly offensive role and as a power play weapon, I’d be all for it as he has shown an ability to produce in the NHL with Florida. Jason Banks

 

October 2013 – Brennen has been named AHL player of the week after posting four goals and added a pair of assists in only two games. His production was not because he was dominate player, but more opportunistic and lucky. In fantasy hockey we don’t care how production is compiled for the most part, just the fact they count. For those that do care, his first goal was an excellent point blast beating Jared Coreau, the 2nd was another blast on a rebound that popped into the slot on a power play, number three was on a shot 10 feet wide of the net that hit a defender and re-directed in, and his final goal of the weekend was an empty netter. His production is a statement that he wants an opportunity, but he will need a series of events to unfold before he gets that chance. Until then, enjoy watching his AHL numbers swell with regularity. Jason Banks

 

September 2013 – Just when we thought Brennan was getting his break, organizational changes seem to erode his value. Florida had a regular spot for him (still would) but they decided take a chance on Bobby Butler as a bottom line depth player, than a single dimensional defenseman. Nashville used him as a chip to drop Butler’s rights and make a friend in Panthers management without intent to use him. Two weeks later the Leafs decided to sign him to a one way contract for a season, but the outlook is still rather bleak. It would not be surprising for Dave Nonis to shed a defenseman from the equation early in the year, but currently Brennan sits ninth or tenth on the depth chart and the organization already contains similar yet more versatile blueliners in Jake Gardiner, Carl Gunnasson, John-Micheal Liles and Morgan Rielly. It would be expected that Brennan will be assigned to the AHL with the Marlies where he will be a leader and main offensive threat from the blueline and continue to try and become more responsible in his own zone. His overall fantasy outlook does not change, but his season to season value will change with opportunity or in this case, lack thereof. Jason Banks

 

June 2013 - Brennan was dealt from the Florida Panthers to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Bobby Butler.  Brennan seemed to have finally worked his way into an NHL lineup permanently, posting a respectable two goals and nine points in 19 games for Florida, while seeing regular power play time. The move to Nashville however once again raises questions as to Brennan's NHL future. It remains to be seen how and if the offensive minded defenseman fits into Barry Trotz system. Complicating matters further is the presence of similar players such as Ryan Ellis and potentially Jonathan Blum, who will provide stiff competition to Brennan for playing time. Brennan possesses a cannon of a shot and solid offensive tools so if given an opportunity he can be a quality fantasy player. Keep a close eye on the camp battle on defense. Donesh Mozloum


March 2013 - Brennan was traded to Florida for a fifth-round draft pick. He is not seeing regular minutes with the Panthers and has two points in five games (and minus-1). Upside just got a lot more promising. Dobber

 

February 2013 – He made the team out of camp but has seen limited action thus far mostly being a healthy scratch. It is most likely that Buffalo will send him back to the AHL if they cannot get him out of the press box more often. Brennan was expected to help inject offence from Buffalo’s back end, but the blue liners have posted nine goals in 15 games thus far and Brennan has not added to the offence. Jason Banks

 

January, 2013 - Brennan was named the AHL Player of the Week for the week of December 30. The skilled defenseman had a goal and six points in six games for the Amerks. Rich Dillon


December 2012 - Brennan kicked off the AHL campaign with an astounding 18 points in 19 games. That's seven points ahead of fellow prospect defenseman and teammate Brayden McNabb, whom many thought was the more advanced of the two. He's tied for second in the league in points. Making great strides to make the Sabres when the season starts. Dobber

 

October 2012 – On the cusp of being an NHL regular, Brennan signed a one season contract and was assigned to Rochester. To open the season Brennan was named an assistant captain of the Amerks, and has started the season with a bang, compiling four goals and four assists in six games. His negative five rating is disturbing at this point, his real value is based on production, but he will need to round out his full game to earn minutes at the next level. Jason Banks


February 2012 – Brennan played three seasons in the QMJHL with consistent production from the blue line. A late starter to the game after being a stud lacrosse player until 2006, when concentration to the game of hockey became real. Produced a respectable rookie season in 2009-10 with Portland in the AHL with increased point production last season. Got a taste of the NHL earlier this year with Sabres and hopes to use his big shot, smooth skating, and contributions on the power play to become a regular. Russ Bitely

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

 

Has tremendous physical abilities including above average skating and a fearsome shot, however it is slightly disconcerting that a prospect of his pedigree is now on his 4th NHL team this early into his career. At 24 years of age he may be running out of opportunities to prove himself.

 

Footage:

 

T.J. Brennan netting his 1st career NHL goal vs. Bruins on 11/23/2011:

 

 

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