2008-09: Tyler Brenner skated in all 38 games as a freshman for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and was the team's second leading scorer. He scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was -3 with 35 PMs as the Tigers finished tied in points with first-place Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey league. Brenner scored 9 of his 14 goals on the power play and had six game-winners for the Tigers.
2009-10: Brenner was RIT's second-leading goal scorer as a sophomore despite skating in just 33 games due to injury. RIT won both the regular season and playoff titles in the Atlantic Hockey league and Brenner was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team. The Tigers surprised traditional powers Denver and New Hampshire in the NCAA East Regional to reach the NCAA Frozen Four. Brenner scored twice in the 6-2 win over New Hampshire.
2010-11: Brenner made his pro debut with the AHL Marlies after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in March 2011 following his junior year at RIT. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 2 PMs in eight games with the Marlies. Prior to signing with the Leafs he skated in 37 games for RIT; scoring a team-high 26 goals with 15 assists as the Tigers repeated as Atlantic Hockey regular season champs. Brenner scored 10 of his 25 goals on the power play and was +9 with 37 PMs. The Tigers were poised for a return trip to the NCAA tournament, hosting the conference tournament championship game, but were shutout by Air Force, 1-0.
2011-12: Brenner split his first pro season between the Maple Leafs' AHL and ECHL affiliates; the Toronto Marlies and Reading Royals. He opened the season with the Marlies, seeing mostly fourth-line duty and being a healthy scratch at times, before being sent to Reading in early January. In 21 AHL games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-seven with 4 penalty minutes. He played 20 games for Reading, missing 13 games due to an injury in a February game against Wheeling, and was minus-one with 3 goals, 6 assists and 18 penalty minutes.
Brenner is a power-forward with good size at 6’2, and has a pro calibre shot. He’s not overly physical, but doesn’t turn away from physical contests. He’s a good skater for his size, but more emphasis on this area will be needed at the next level. He’ll also find new ways to score as space will be limited for him at the pro stage. Like most NCAA free-agents, Brenner will need to find a niche in the AHL.
Brenner has started the 2012-13 season with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
Projection: Depth scorer with size.