Late-blooming Brennan getting defensive

Friday's Montreal Gazette featured a synopsis of T.J. Brennan's growth from a New Jersey lacrosse star to a top NHL prospect with the Montreal Juniors.
Brennan is now focused on improving his defensive play on the ice. "I've learned a lot over the last couple of years and the most important thing is that you have to keep working hard," he said. "You just don't stop working because you've been drafted. You got drafted because the team sees you for a particular reason. "Everything can be improved on," he added. "I know I'm not the fastest skater, or have the hardest shot, and I'm not the strongest player. There's never a point where you can be too strong or too fast. You've just got to keep improving on every aspect. "I really do want to focus on my defensive play this season because people see me more as an offensive defenceman and I want to become a really good defensive player because it's what I need to become to get to the NHL."
Actually, Brennan's shot is pretty hard. He pumped one into the 90's at the summer conditioning camp, and is credited with a "150 km/h NHL shot" by coach Real Paiement in the article.
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Anonymous
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Friday, November 28, 2008 ×

Yeah his shot is one thing but he's also got some thickness to him, 200+lbs at 6'0 is pretty good. His current +/- is worth noting.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, November 28, 2008 ×

Agreed. The transformation to a more defensive posture started over the summer. The single biggest difference this season is his self-control with the puck. Last season, he'd shoot up ice like a 4th forward. This season, the play doesn't get behind him as much, and he's standing guys up more. It's on the coaches to keep that message strong. He has all the tools.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 ×

i have seen a few games, he is definately concentrating on the defense. He still has the ability to join the rush .

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 29, 2008 ×

I've liked his game this season. I think the proper to way to put it is "he's picking his spots more wisely" when jumping up without the puck. He'll carry the it plenty at the next level. Right now, his defensive edge is the separator between he and the other swift skater with a big shot - Schiestel. Both are natural athletes, and both will enjoy a little development time in Portland. Three-four years ago, the Sabres were hurting for d prospects...

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