2008-09: Brandon Manning made his full-time debut with the WHL Chilliwack Bruins as an 18-year-old after appearing in six games the previous season. Manning played 72 games for the Bruins, who finished with the WHL’s third-worst record and led the team in penalty minutes (132). Manning scored 11 goals with 18 assists and was -32 on a team that allowed 113 more goals than it scored.
2009-10: Manning attended training camp with the Maple Leafs before returning to Chilliwack. He was team captain for the Bruins in his second season and took a leap forward statistically. He was the Bruins’ third-leading scorer with 13 goals and 41 assists. Manning was third on the team with 138 PMs and his +20 plus/minus reflected Chilliwack’s becoming more competitive. Manning had 6 assists in six playoff games and was -1 with 10 PMs.
2010-11: Manning was in the New York Rangers training camp but not signed and returned to Chilliwack as a 20-year-old. Manning was the team captain and was a presence both on the scoreboard and physically for the Bruins. Despite appearing in just 53 games due to some nagging injuries and a seven-game suspension, Manning led Chilliwack defensemen in scoring with 21 goals and 32 assists and was -4 with 129 PMs. Chilliwack, after finishing third in the BC Division, again lost in a first round playoff series. Manning skated in all five playoff games and was -2 with 1 goal and 8 PMs. Philadelphia signed Manning to a three-year, entry-level contract in November 2010.
2011-12: Manning made his NHL debut – appearing in four games for the Flyers during a March call-up – after skating for Philadelphia AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. He had no points and was plus-one averaging just under 14 minutes of ice time in his stint with the Flyers. Manning missed pre-season camp and the first half of the season due to an undisclosed injury; making his debut with the Phantoms against Norfolk on December 3rd. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was minus-six with 81 penalty minutes in 46 games for Adirondack. The Phantoms missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Northeast Division.
2012-13: Manning appeared in six games with the Flyers and was the second-most penalized player for Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack in his second pro season. He joined the Flyers in April and was +4 with 2 assists and no penalty minutes; averaging 14:48 minutes of ice time. In 65 games for the Phantoms he was -28 with 135 penalty minutes and scored 6 goals with 15 assists. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division.
2013-14: Manning spent his third pro season with Philadelphia AHL affiliate Adirondack and led all Phantoms’ defensemen in points and penalty minutes. Skating in 73 of 76 regular season games, he scored 8 goals with 23 assists and was minus-24 with 231 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division.
Manning is a physical defender who also has shown some offensive ability at the minor pro level.
Manning opened the 2014-15 season with Flyers AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley — appearing in two early season games with Philadelphia due to injuries to the Flyers defense corps before returning to the Phantoms. A hard-nosed defender who usually tops the 100 penalty minute mark he has the offensive talent to put up some points at the minor pro level. At the NHL level he is likely to be a lower pairing defender willing to drop the gloves when necessary.