Prospect Profile: Tyler Brennen

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Name: Tyler Brennen

Team: RHA Nationals Midget Prep (CSSHL)

Position: Goalie

Date of Birth: September 27th 2003

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Height/Weight: 6’3 179lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: 21st Overall in 2018 – Prince George Cougars (Signed)

 

*Eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft*


Areas of Strength

  • Athleticism
  • Size
  • Composure

Areas of Weakness

  • Skating
  • Puck Moving
  • Aggressiveness

Player Report: Our top ranked goalie for the majority of last season, Tyler Brennan was a prospect we kept a close eye on at the draft to see where he would end up going. A first round net minder is rare but Brennan showcased that kind of potential last year and the Prince George Cougars felt comfortable in drafting him there with the 21nd overall pick. Brennan has been the best goalie everywhere he has gone. Winning the Winnipeg Bantam 2 Championship and posting the leagues best GAA in his rookie season. To then moving on to the CSSHL with the RHA Nationals and having the leagues best GAA + Sv%. A net minder who competes and does whatever it takes for his team to win games, it seems as if everywhere he goes, his team finds a way to get far in the season + tournament play. Brennan is sticking with the CSSHL this upcoming season. Playing in the Midget Prep league for the RHA Nationals. 

Brennan was anticipated to be the first goalie selected in the 2018 WHL Draft. A DraftGeek staff favourite for his body control and consistent play down the stretch. Tyler Brennan is an athletic net minder who plays with high end composure. Standing a 6’3 and a lanky 179lbs, he still has some filling out to do. A technically sound net minder, Brennan’s calmness in the crease is fascinating to watch, even in high pressure games he still has that same attitude and is focused on making stops. A butterfly net minder who can make adjustment’s, his hockey IQ is exceptional for his age and his knowledge of the game is recognizable amongst scouts. He’s got real long legs that cover the bottom of the net, post to post, well. Always been composed with his legs and active with his hands, showing quickness with his glove hand side. Gifted with natural physical tools, Brennan adhere’s to playing deep in his net and allowing his size to cover most of the net. Positions himself well to the shot, focuses on angling himself to the puck and not allowing the puck carrier to see holes. He sticks to the post exceptionally well, often suffocating it and showing no holes for a player to expose. At 6’3 he see’s around net front presence fairly easy against players his age and can track the puck through traffic with his ability to get low to the shot and adjust his positioning. Rebound control could use some work, while the puck doesn’t fly off of his body he often allows it to drop in an area infront of him. This kind of leads to a massive physical work load for the durable net minder, players crashing his crease and he can sometimes find himself scrambling to locate the puck in feet. He has a pro-level features to his game, a late birthday with natural tools is something that could make him an NHL prospect. Overall, Brennan is one of those gifted big game net minder that team’s can depend upon when they need to.

Brennan is going to be entering a goalie tandem in Prince George where he will likely need to earn his starts. Taylor Gauthier has proven himself to be a WHL starter and Brennan likely isn’t going to come in to change that. The Cougars will be patient with his development and I’d have to this given his late birthday that he will be limited in his rookie season. Brennan’s incredibly gifted at this age, and will need to add some strength to his game. He has some NHL qualities to him, I don’t think there are many goalies out there with his passionate competitive nature. A net minder we will be tracking closely this season, excited to see what he is able to do for the RHA Nationals this year.

Scouts Quote: “One constant you see with championship teams is that they have elite level goaltending. Tyler has the potential to be that goalie for us. He has the skills,tools, and attitude to keep developing and growing as a player and become the goalie we believe he can be” – Bob Simmonds (Director of Scouting/Prince George Cougars)

 

Past Seasons:

2016-2017 – Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA Div 2: 16GP-1.91GAA-0.911Sv% Playoffs: 9GP-1.59GAA-0.945Sv%

2017-2018 – RHA Bantam Prep: 16GP-1.52GAA-0.947Sv% Playoffs: 4GP-3.20GAA-0.917Sv%

Accolades:

2016-2017 – WBAAA2 Best GAA

WBAAA2 Champion

2017-2018 – CSSHL Bantam Prep Best Sv%/GAA