While it still doesn’t address their issues on the offensive end, the Nashville Predators recently made a solid addition when they acquired defenseman T.J. Brennan from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Bobby Butler, who had joined the Predators during the 2013 season.
Both players were acquired by their respective teams before being swapped for each other back on June 14th. In Brennan, the Predators get a player without a ton of experience, but some pretty good upside as a defenseman. He has the potential to be an offensive asset on the blue line.
Brennan’s experience isn’t exactly extensive, playing in 29 games in 2013, 19 of them coming with the Panthers. He finished with nine points with the Cats, including a pair of goals. He was an asset with the man advantage, with three of his six assists coming on the power play.
Though he logged a decent chunk of time in 2013, Brennan is still a relatively raw player. He was a second round pick back in 2007 and is still coming into his own as an all-around player. As of right now, he’s primarily useful in an offensive role from the blue line, but isn’t limited to moving the puck.
He can play the physical game if he has to, and is willing to give up the body to play in the corners or block shots. Still, he fits in with this team as a guy who will move the puck from the blue line and has a big shot from the point. Given how little Butler brought to the table offensively, this trade could end up being a steal for the Preds.
Now they just have to get him signed, as he’s a restricted free agent this summer.