Brennan Menell

Minnesota Wild
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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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 24, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Omaha AAA Lancers 16U NAPHL 16U 15 1 3 4 0 |          
 2013-2014 Chicago Young Americans U16 HPHL U16 25 10 17 27 37 |          
 2014-2015 Vancouver Giants WHL 57 2 19 21 16 |          
 2015-2016 Vancouver Giants WHL 69 7 46 53 36 |          
 2016-2017 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 70 12 59 71 29 | Playoffs 20 5 12 17 10 
 2017-2018 Iowa Wild AHL 72 8 17 25 14 |          
 2018-2019 Iowa Wild AHL 70 2 42 44 25 | Playoffs 11 0 4 4
 2019-2020 Iowa Wild AHL - - - - - |          

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