Rena Laverty and the NTDP

Fantasy Summary

A mobile defenseman with good skating skills and an adequate two-way game


Observations

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March 2022 – Behrens did not make the final cut for Team USA at the WJC but that has not slowed him down in college. He sits at three goals and 27 points in 30 games played, good for top-five among all NCHC d-men. He puts up nearly 2 shots and over 1 block per game in addition to his points, which may give him some multi-cat value despite being a smaller player. He will likely stick with the Denver Pioneers for at least another campaign, but his transition to college has been promising thus far. Hayden Soboleski

December 2021 – Fantasy riser alert – Behrens is having a breakout rookie campaign with the University of Denver with 13 points in 14 games (1st among rookie defenders in the NCHC). His mix of playmaking offensive and defusing defense has earned him an invite to the Team USA WJC selection camp. Still listed at 5’9″ he remains an undersized defender who will have to work twice as hard for the same amount of opportunity, but his passing vision has made him a legitimate prospect in the pipeline for the Avs. Hayden Soboleski

 

July 2021 – Behrens was selected in the second round, 61st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

March 2021 – Behrens is an exciting defenseman who displays overall strong skating skills, which helps him succeed in the transition game. He isn’t lighting speed, but he is mobile and has good footwork, making him able to walk the blueline with ease. On top of his skating ability, he has nice puck control and hands to make plays in all areas of the ice, especially on the breakout. He has excellent vision and sees the ice well to make very good passes. Behrens can shoot the puck too, as his shot is accurate, but is definitely more of a passer. Even while being undersized, Behrens plays a great defensive game. He used his stick to break up plays and to push the puck up ice and out of the zone. He also has shown he can use his body as well. Overall, the University of Denver commit has the potential to be a solid defenseman at the next level. Clare McManus

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 31, 2003
Height 5‘9”
Weight 177 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 2; Overall: 61

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational6 1 23 2|        
 2014-2015 Pro Hockey Hutson Selects U12WSI U129 0 55 0|        
 2015-2016 Pro Hockey Selects U13WSI U139 1 45 0|        
  Chicago Young Americans PWQC Int PW2 0 11 6|        
 2016-2017 Chicago Mission 13U AAAHPHL 13U- - -- -|        
 2017-2018 Chicago Mission 14U AAAHPHL 14U20 5 712 6|        
  West Coast Selects U15WSI U156 0 11 2|        
 2018-2019 Team Grey USA-S15