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Fantasy Summary

Mennel has had a great start to his pro career, and looks as though he’s on the path to being an NHL contributor if he can rein in his defensive game.


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September 2019 – Brennan Menell has been assigned to the Iowa Wild of the AHL. After an AHL breakout season in 2018-19, Menell will be looking to continue to develop his defensive game. Menell could be a call-up candidate throughout the year if injury strikes Minnesota’s blueline. Sam Happi

 

March 2019 – The Minnesota hometown kid has played extremely well for the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Getting significant playing time, he’s shown his ability to be an effective puck mover. He’s been excellent in transition this season both exiting the defensive zone as well as entering the offensive zone with control of the puck efficiently. He possesses a smart release. While it’s not an overly powerful shot, he locates it very well, often getting it through a crowd and creating rebounds in front of the net. It’s quite effective at the top of a power play. His defensive development since the start of the season has been impressive, to say the least, as he uses his skating to get into good positions or recover when things don’t go so well. With his upside likely being a second pairing NHLer with the potential to run a second PP unit, he is getting closer to playing for his hometown team. Tony Ferrari 

April 2018 – It’s difficult to transition into the AHL, especially for defensemen, and even more so for undrafted defensemen. Brennan Menell took that trend and tossed it aside, with an excellent rookie AHL season. Iowa wasn’t the best team in the AHL by any stretch, but with primary points on 24% of Iowa’s even-strength goals while Menell was on the ice, his offensive production in a middle-pair role is promising. While major NHL upside may not be there, it’s very possible that Menell becomes a flexible AHL/NHL defender who can chip in in the NHL should problems arise, with further upside on the side if he continues to develop. Will Scouch

January 2018 – Menell’s rookie season in the AHL has surpassed expectations. Work remains to be done on the defensive side of play, but his offense has been excellent. Among AHL defenders who have played ten or more games and are under 21 years old, Menell is 10th of 38 in primary point production and sixth in point production. When he’s on the ice, Iowa has scored 30 goals which is fifth in the group. For a free agent signing out of junior, he’s been a nice add for Minnesota. Will Scouch

October 2017 – It must be a special feeling to go undrafted in the NHL Draft twice, only to walk into your hometown team’s camp and walk out with an entry-level contract. Brennan Menell managed to follow up a great year with Lethbridge with a great start to his AHL career, at least offensively. The mid-sized defender has managed five points in his first nine games and is fourth in team scoring. While he is a more offensive defenseman, his goal differential is about on par with that of the rest of his Iowa squad while playing top pairing minutes at even strength. Menell looks to be a great signing to keep an eye on as his metrics put him in the same class of young AHL defenseman such as Ethan Bear and Mitch Vande Sompel, both of whom were drafted by their respective clubs. Anytime you can add a 20 year old AHL top pairing defender without having to draft them is a win. Menell will need time to develop, but he has already shot up my prospect rankings in Minnesota’s system and is one to watch. Will Scouch

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.7
NHL Certainty 7.2
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 24, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Omaha AAA Lancers 16UNAPHL 16U15 1 34 0|        
 2013-2014 CYA 16U AAAHPHL 16U25 10 1727 37|        
 2014-2015 Vancouver GiantsWHL57 2 1921 16|        
 2015-2016 Vancouver GiantsWHL69 7 4653 36|        
 2016-2017 Lethbridge HurricanesWHL70 12 5971 29|Playoffs20 5 1217 10 
 2017-2018 Iowa WildAHL72 8 1725 14|        
 2018-2019 Iowa WildAHL70 2 4244 25|Playoffs11 0 44
 2019-2020 Minnesota WildNHL5 0 00 2|        
  Iowa WildAHL57 5 4247 36|        
 2020-2021 Dinamo MinskKHL12 2 1012 2|        
  Dinamo MinskBelarus Cup- - -- -|Playoffs2 0 00

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