2009-10: Brendan Woods played in 34 games for the USHL Chicago Steel; missing the first half of the season with a broken femur he suffered in the Fall Classic. He scored 6 goals with 3 assists and was minus-8 with 32 penalty minutes. Chicago finished fifth in the East Conference and missed the USHL playoffs. Woods committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2011-12.
2010-11: Woods was obtained by Muskegon in a summer trade and skated in 57 games for the Lumberjacks in his second USHL season. He scored 14 goals with 12 assists and was minus-10 with 86 penalty minutes. Muskegon advanced to the second round of the playoffs after finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference. In six playoff games Woods scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-1 with 14 penalty minutes. He was ranked 147th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft but was not selected in his second year of eligibility.
2011-12: Woods skated in 34 games as a freshman at Wisconsin on a Badgers team that finished an uncharacteristic tenth in the WCHA. He scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was minus-3. Woods led the Badgers in penalty minutes (67). Not listed among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was taken by Carolina in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Woods made his pro hockey debut with Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte following his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in April 2013. Woods had no points with 2 penalty minute in two games with the Checkers. In 41 games for the Badgers he scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was plus-7 with 47 penalty minutes. Wisconsin finished tied for fourth in the WCHA in the regular season but earned an NCAA Tournament berth after winning the WCHA playoff championship. The Badgers lost to Massachusetts-Lowell in the Northeast Regional semifinals.
2013-14: Woods skated in 42 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his first pro season; appearing in just four games in January and then suffering a season-ending lower body injury in February. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was minus-7 with 40 penalty minutes. The Checkers missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the West Division.
2014-15: Woods made his NHL debut with Carolina in a game against New Jersey on December 23rd, skating in two games with the Hurricanes before being returned to AHL affiliate Charlotte. He was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes, averaging six minutes of ice time in his brief NHL stint. Woods was the fourth-leading scorer for the AHL’s Checkers and was third on the team with 101 penalty minutes. He scored 13 goals with 17 assists and was -10 in 68 regular season games. Charlotte missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division.
Woods has good size and can play both ends of the ice as well as multiple positions. Willing to use that size and strength to punish opposition players on the forecheck, his offensive game has been limited at the pro level. He is effective in the less glamorous aspects of the game such as playing defense or winning face-offs.
Woods is competing for a lower line spot with Carolina in his third training camp with the Hurricanes. The edition of Kris Versteeg in a recent trade adds to the depth in the Carolina forward group and Woods may start the 2015-16 season with AHL affiliate Charlotte. He displayed both supplementary scoring and toughness for the Checkers in his second pro season and his versatility makes him a valuable call-up candidate and eventually a sound two-way lower line player.