Brennan Serville
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Brennan Serville

Hometown:

Pickering Ontario

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-06-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (78th overall), 2011

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Brennan Serville played for the Pickering-Ajax Raiders in the GTHL midget hockey league and had 19 points in 56 games. Serville was was selected by Sudbury in the 8th round (145th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority draft. Serville suffered a broken collar bone in a spring camp.

2009-10: Serville scored 4 goals with 12 assists in 47 games (including playoffs) with the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Serville committed to playing college hockey at Canisius in 2011-12.

2010-11: Serville attended the Sudbury Wolves tryout camp but decided to maintain his college eligibility and returned to Stouffville for a second season with the Spirit. He suffered an early season leg injury and was limited to 36 games during the regular season, scoring 3 goals with 27 assists and accumulating 29 PMs. In 19 playoff contests with the Spirit, he had 2 goals, 10 assists and 20 PMs. Serville played for Team Canada East in the World Junior A championships and had no points in five games. Serville de-committed from Canisius and will play college hockey at the University of Michigan in 2011-12. He was ranked 104th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Winnepeg Jets in the 3rd round (78th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Serville skated in 34 games for the University of Michigan as a freshman. Frequently playing alongside sophomore Kevin Clare on the Wolverines’ third pairing, he was plus-eight with 8 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Michigan finished second in the CCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after reaching the CCHA championship game against Western Michigan.

2012-13: Serville appeared in 29 games in his sophomore season – missing time early in the year due to concussion-like symptoms. Playing a lower-pairing role on a defense corps that featured high profile prospects Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg), Jon Merrill (NJ) and Mac Bennett (Montreal), Serville scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 16 penalty minutes. Michigan finished seventh in the CCHA, failing to win 20 games for the first time since head coach Red Berenson’s third season in 1986-87 but went 8-0-1 in nine games and nearly earned an NCAA tournament bid; falling to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA championship game.

2013-14: Serville skated in 33 of 35 games for the University of Michigan in his junior season. Paired with freshman Nolan DeJong (MIN) on the the third defense pair for the Wolverines most of the season, he had 3 assists and was plus-2 with 14 penalty minutes. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. 

Talent Analysis

Serville is a big, two-way defenseman who has been a bit snake-bitten injury-wise. A solid, if unspectacular player during his college career, he has been overshadowed by some of the big-time defensemen who have gone through Michigan — such as current Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba and current New Jersey Devil John Merrill. Plays a nondescript style and is not overly abrasive despite his size.

Future

Serville is in his senior season at the University of Michigan in 2014-15. Much was expected of him when he began his college career but for the most part his progress has hit a plateau and he is battling to stay in the lineup this season. With the Jets organization fairly deep on defense the prospects of him receiving an entry-level contract after the season are murky. A more likely path would have him beginning his pro career on a minor league deal and working his way up from there.

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