Tanner Faith
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Tanner Faith

Hometown:

Terrance British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Birthday:

1995-10-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Unrestricted free agent

Weight:

211 lbs.

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History

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.

2014-15: Faith skated with the Wild’s entry in the Traverse City prospect camp and attended his first NHL training camp with Minnesota before returning to Kootenay for his third WHL season. He played 14 games with the Ice before missing most of November due to injury and skated in five more games before suffering a season-ending upper-body injury in early December. Faith scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -4 with 29 penalty minutes in 19 games for Kootenay.

2015-16: Faith attended his second NHL camp with Minnesota before being returned to the WHL for an overage season. Kootenay traded Faith to the Moose Jaw Warriors at the end of September to get under the league’s overage limit. Faith scored 3 goals with 21 assists with 54 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games — all career highs — before suffering a season-ending upper-body injury in February. He had a -9 plus/minus for the season. The Warriors finished third in the East Division, defeating Moose Jaw in the first round before falling to Brandon in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

Faith skated in 59 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16, providing veteran leadership as a 20-year-old before suffering a season-ending injury in February. A big player with the prototypical size and temperament to be a shut-down defender, he dealt with injuries in each of his final three seasons of junior hockey. Never signed to an entry-level contract by the Wild, he is an unrestricted free agent.

Future

Faith skated in 59 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16, providing veteran leadership as a 20-year-old before suffering a season-ending injury in February. A big player with the prototypical size and temperament to be a shut-down defender, he has dealt with injuries in each of his final three seasons of junior hockey. Never signed to an entry-level contract by the Wild, he is an unrestricted free agent.

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