The AHL announced today that Toronto Marlies T.J. Brennan was voted the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the league’s most outstanding defenseman during the 2013-14 season.
Brennan has been a dynamic offensive force from the blueline all season for the Buds, racking up a team-leading 24 goals and 69 points in 73 games (good for fifth in the AHL). Those numbers stand as the most points by an AHL defenseman since 2005-06, and the most goals since 1999-2000. Brennan has a league-leading 42 power play points, and leads the league with 12 man advantage goals. The full season proved to be a carry over of the 25-year-old’s fast start, as Brennan picked up two hat tricks in his first three games.
Previous NHLers who won the award include Johnny Boychuk, Justin Shultz, Sheldon Brookbank (with the Admirals), Niklas Kronwall, Eric Weinrich, Brian Engblom, Darren Rumble and Brad Shaw just to name a few.
Considering the Admirals current playoff position (fifth), one point ahead of Abbotsford which has a game in hand, and Toronto’s (third), Brennan could be a Milwaukee foe in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
So Roundtable . . . Who is your vote as the Admirals best defenseman this season? Lots of good choices to pick from: Anthony Bitetto (10 goals, 35 points & 85 PIMs), Bryan Rodney (33 points), Joe Piskula (23 points, team-best not including Jarnkrok +20 rating), captain Scott Ford (+6 & 81 PIMs) are all great choices, or perhaps Charles-Olivier Roussel, Joonas Jarvinen or Scott Valentine?