This week the Eastern Edge takes a look at two defensemen at opposite ends of the spectrum
T.J. Brennan had himself a season to remember down in the AHL. The soon to be unrestricted free agent had been hoping to play at least part of the season in the NHL this year after signing a one-year, one-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He probably should have picked a team a little more desperate for defensemen; the Maple Leafs were deep enough at the position that they didn’t feel the need to call up the 25-year-old. At least he was well compensated ($600K) for his time with the Marlies.
From an organizational standpoint, they got their money’s worth though. Brennan recorded an amazing 25 goals and 72 points in 76 games, finishing fourth overall in AHL scoring, while copping the Eddie Shore trophy as the league’s top defenseman. If there was a roto-league MVP for the AHL, Brennan would have taken home that hardware as well. He led the league in shots on goal (265) and power play points (44), sat for 115 penalty minutes and he scored 10 more goals than the next defenseman. He was however, a minus-10, third worst on his own team.
Brennan had 37 goals an