Brandon Tanev


Toronto Ontario

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Signed as free agent, 2016


180 lbs.

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2010-11: Brandon Tanev returned to competitive hockey after a three year hiatus, skating for the Markham Waxers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League as an 18-year-old. He scored 16 goals with 26 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games. The Waxers finished second in the North Division, falling to Stouffville in a first-round playoff series. Tanev scored 2 goals with 2 assists and no penalties in six playoff games. 

2011-12: Tanev attended prospect camp with the Vancouver Canucks, his older brother Chris’ team, and moved to British Columbia to play for the Surrey Eagles. He scored 11 goals with 22 assists and 27 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games. Surrey reached the BCHL semifinals and in 10 playoff games Tanev scored 3 goals with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. He committed to playing college hockey at Providence College.  

2012-13: Tanev skated in 33 of 38 games for Providence College in his freshman season. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was +6 with 6 penalty minutes. Providence finished in a three-way tie for third in Hockey East and lost to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell, 2-1, in the Hockey East semifinals.

2013-14: Tanev attended prospect camp with the Washington Capitals before returning to Providence for his sophomore season. In 39 games with the Friars he scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +7 with 20 penalty minutes. The Friars finished third in Hockey East and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling to New Hampshire, 3-1. Providence received an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional, shutting out Quinnipiac, 4-0, before losing 3-1 loss to eventual national champion Union College in the regional final. 

2014-15: Tanev skated in all 39 games for Providence in his junior season, providing supplementary scoring and two-way play for the national champion Friars. He scored 10 goals with 13 assists and was +17 with 20 penalty minutes. Providence finished second to Boston University in Hockey East, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to New Hampshire in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series (all three games were decided by 2-1 scores with both Friars’ losses coming in overtime). Providence defeated Miami (7-5) and Denver (4-1) to capture the NCAA East regional. After a 4-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha in the Frozen Four semifinal the Friars out-lasted Hockey East rival Boston University, 4-3, in the championship game.

2015-16: Ellis made his NHL debut with the Jets in an April 5th game against Anaheim after signing a one-year entry-level contract with Winnipeg following his senior season at Providence. He had an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes, averaging 12 minutes of ice time in three NHL games. Tanev scored 15 goals in 38 games for the Friars, sharing the team lead with center Mark Jankowski (CGY). He had 13 assists and was +20 with 35 penalty minutes. Providence finished finishing second to Boston College in Hockey East and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional following a 2-1 triple overtime loss to Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals. Providence lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 2-1 in double overtime, in the Northeast semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Tanev is the younger brother of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev. Like his brother, Tanev was never drafted and emerged as a pro prospect a bit later than most players. More of a two-way player than a pure scorer, he relies on hockey smarts and steadily developed during his four-year college career. He is not expected to be an explosive scorer in pro hockey but his skill set and hockey sense suggests he can be effective in a variety of roles.


Tanev had a cup of coffee with the Winnipeg Jets at the end of the 2015-16 season, skating in three games following his senior season at Providence College. Reliable in all three zones with some scoring instincts, he projects as reliable lower line forward if he can continue to develop his technical skills and overall game. He is signed to a one-year contract with the Jets and will compete for a roster spot in training camp but could spend at least part of the 2016-17 season in the AHL.

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