Michael Brennan enjoyed a stellar season as a member of one of the best defensive corps in the nation at Boston College. He saw much of his playing time this season as the defensive partner of senior Andrew Alberts (BOS). Brennan posted eight points (two goals, six assists) playing in all 40 games this season. Both of his goals were game-winners. Brennan earned his lone Hockey East Rookie of the Week honor back on January 9th after helping to lead Boston College to a sweep of Merrimack. In that series, his first collegiate goal was the game-winner in the opening game of the series on January 4th.
2007-08: Brennan acted as Boston College’s captain during the team’s NCAA championship last season. In his final year at Boston College, Brennan recorded eight points in 44 games. However, his forte was in the defensive end, as he utilized his physical game and reliable play to shutdown opponents on a regular basis. Not only did Brennan sport a plus-8 rating, but he also led the team in blocked shots. Because of his responsible defensive play, Brennan was a key component on the penalty kill. He shared the William J. Flynn Coaches Award along with teammate Dan Bertram.
Brennan is an excellent skating defenseman who is intelligent and very reliable. He has good speed, moves well through traffic, and has shown a willingness to jump up into the play. He possesses great on-ice vision and makes very good decisions. Brennan has very good puck skills and can make great outlet passes. While he has shown at times that he’s willing to get involved offensively, Brennan isn’t an offensive defenseman. He is very solid positionally, outstanding in one-on-one situations, and doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He has a tremendous work ethic and is a real competitor. Like with so many young players, getting stronger and “filling out” his young body is key to Mike Brennan’s future success.