Tanner Faith
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Tanner Faith


Terrance British Columbia

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5th round (139th overall), 2014


211 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2010-11: Tanner Faith, Kootenay’s second-round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, appeared in four games with the Ice — making his WHL debut in November as a 15-year-old — and played for the Notre Dame Hounds midget team in Saskatchewan. He had no points and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes with the Ice. Faith scored 4 goals with 5 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 29 games for Notre Dame. He played for Team Saskatchewan in the Canada Winter Games with no points nor penalties in six games.


2011-12: Faith skated in 21 games for the midget team at Notre Dame in his second season with the Hounds. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and 32 penalty minutes.


2012-13: Faith skated in 55 regular season games and five playoff contests for Kootenay in his first full WHL season. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +1 with 35 penalty minutes. The Ice finished fifth in the Central Division and lost to first-place Edmonton in a first-round playoff series. Faith had no points and was minus-4 with 2 penalty minutes in the series.


2013-14: Faith opened the season with Kootenay before suffering a shoulder injury in October that kept him out most of the season. In 10 WHL games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-1 with 9 penalty minutes. Listed among the players with “limited viewings” in the Central Scouting final rankings, Faith was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.


Talent Analysis

Faith has the size and awareness to be a prototypical shut-down defender. Injuries have slowed his development but his limited play suggests he is capable of reading the play and has the strength and demeanor to be effective in his own end.


Faith skated with the Wild's entry in the Traverse City prospect camp and attended his first NHL training camp with Minnesota before being returned to Kootenay for the 2014-15 season. He played 12 games with the ice before missing most of November. He returned for five games and is once again out — possibly for the season — with an upper-body injury. Long-term he projects as a shut-down defenseman at the NHL level but his injuries have clouded his pro future.

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by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Pavel Jenys got a change of scenery and a possible ticket to the OHL playoffs when he was traded to Niagara in November (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Minnesota Wild is a franchise in contention for the Stanley Cup this season and for the foreseeable future, even though it lacks the star power of some other contenders. Its success over seasons past has meant few lottery picks, but the team has also been notably light in drafting from the CHL in the course of its history. After being burned by CHL players from Benoit Pouliot to Colton Gillies to James Sheppard to Tyler Cuma to Zack Phillips to Alexandre Belanger – drafted in 2013 and already out of the system – maybe that aversion is justifiable.

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