T.J. Brennan

Edric Joseph

2017-05-26

 

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:

May 2017 – Brennan has continued his dominance of the AHL with 60 points in 76 games. He has made the AHL All-Star Game lineup four consecutive years now and has won their top defensive honours twice. Keep him in mind should the Flyers need to fill out their roster due to injuries if you are in need of PIMs. His consistency with offensive contributions at the NHL level remain to be seen though. Edric Joseph

July 2017 – After flooding the Ricoh Coliseum with red lights in the regular season, Brennan ran out of steam in the playoffs compiling nine points in 15 games with a negative-4 rating (4 of his 5 goals were on the powerplay). But alas, he has found new career life in the off season, as expected he left the Toronto organization and was signed to the cheapest expected option on the Philadelphia blueline. This story is about the contract and opportunity more than his play quality or lack thereof. He took less money on a two-way, two-year deal after a trio of guaranteed money contracts so he is taking a risk of financial drop off, but is hedging his bets by his placement in the organization. The outlook is that he will battle to be the 7th man on a backline craving an offensive punch, which give him an upper hand on Brandon Manning, and experience to keep Travis Sandhiem and Ivan Provorov at bay for a little while. With injury prone higher-pairing players like Mike Del Zotto, and Andrew MacDonald he should get an opportunity in the coming year. While the following year should feature the departure of Mark Streit, Nick Schultz and maybe Del Zotto opening room for the major prospects while keeping Brennan somewhat notable. He is worth a late round (pardon the pun) “flyer” if you need offence and don’t care about his defensive deficiencies, but don’t fall in love as he unlikely to be a player that keeps his role outside of the contract. Jason Banks

April 2016 – For the second time in the past three seasons, Brennan will take home the Eddie Shore award for best defenseman in the AHL. While his defensive play was very (very) mildly improved, he is a one track weapon, and posted his best statistical season in pro yet. Once again he had a cup of coffee in the NHL but could not contribute positively to his cause, compiling only a single assist yet showing his dysfunctions as a negative-6 player in seven games (he was actually minus-7 in his final three appearances). It is unlikely Brennan will be back in the Leafs’ organization next season as he is once again UFA for the fourth straight season. His options are to go to camp with a team that has no defensive depth, accept another lucrative minor pro contract or look for bigger money in Europe. Either way his prospects are dwindling and we can’t track him much longer. Jason Banks

February 2016 – Once again Brennen has set ablaze the AHL from the blueline, currently ranked third in the scoring race with just under a point per game through 53 games. His play is much similar as before, but now carries a huge positive rating or 25 which is a product of the lethal team he is large part of. The Leafs have showed no interest in recalling him, instead activating Stuart Percy, Petter Granberg and Scott Harrington as expected and even now Viktor Loov but his waiver status might be the main factor now as the organization does not want to subtract him from a strong AHL championship run. His availability and stats drive poolies crazy on what numbers he could post for their fantasy sq