|Assets:||Has good size and sound puck skills. A fleet skater, he has the wheels needed to rush back into the play. Is at his best when he plays it simple, moving the puck out of danger.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't make enough of a physical impact, despite a big (6-3, 210 pounds) frame. Is somewhat limited in terms of his offensive upside, which is also a bit of a mystery.|
|Career Potential:||Journeyman depth defenseman.|
|Memorial Cup||All-Star Team||2006-07|
|9/11/2014||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a professional try-out contract.|
|9/22/2013||Placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins for the purpose of being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|7/19/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year, two-way contract.|
|7/01/2013||Tampa Bay Lightning did not tender a qualifying offer.|
|3/11/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|3/10/2013||Placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|2/27/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|2/14/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL) on conditioning assignment.|
|2/07/2013||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|2/01/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/30/2012||Signed with VIK Vasteras HK (Sweden).|
|6/27/2012||Re-signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year contract.|
|3/02/2012||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/06/2012||Acquired from the Calgary Flames.|
|9/26/2011||Assigned to Abbotsford (AHL).|
|7/14/2011||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Calgary Flames to a one-year two-way contract.|
|6/27/2011||Calgary Flames tendered a qualifying offer.|
|1/09/2011||Recalled from Abbotsford (AHL).|
|1/03/2011||Loaned to Abbotsford (AHL) for conditioning.|
|10/19/2010||Claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|7/15/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a one-year contract.|
|4/07/2010||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|4/02/2010||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|3/23/2010||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|12/02/2009||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|10/11/2009||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|9/30/2009||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|3/12/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|3/04/2009||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|2/18/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|2/08/2009||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|1/26/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|1/22/2009||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|1/01/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|9/29/2008||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|9/18/2007||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|11/30/2006||Signed by the Anaheim Ducks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|9/26/2006||Returned to his junior team (Vancouver-WHL).|
|9/19/2005||Returned to his junior team (Portland-WHL).|
|7/19/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|1/06/2012||Calgary Flames traded Brendan Mikkelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Blair Jones.|
|10/19/2010||Claimed by the Calgary Flames off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2nd round (31st overall) in 2005.|
Brendan Mikkelson still toiling in the minors | 12/22/2013 7:53 AM
NewsWith all the injuries on the Pittsburgh blueline, it does not bode well for Brendan Mikkelson that he has not been recalled.
ImpactMikkelson has played 131 NHL games but with five injuries or suspensions on the Pittsburgh blueline, it does seem surprising that Mikkelson was not called upon. "I feel like I can play any style you want to play," Mikkelson said. "I have the size to play a rough-and-tumble game. I can play in my own end, and I can play in the offensive zone." Mikkelson has three goals and 18 points in the AHL including a league leading 11 power play assists.
Mikkelson inks two-way deal with Penguins | 07/19/2013 3:16 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactMikkelson became an unrestricted free agent after the Tampa Bay Lightning declined to give him a qualifying offer. He'll earn $550,000 if he spends the season in the NHL.
Lightning won't qualify Brendan Mikkelson | 06/29/2013 12:44 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson will not receive a qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactMikkelson had an assist and six penalty minutes in just four games last season. He'll probably end up landing a two-way deal with another team.
Bolts waive D Brendan Mikkelson | 03/11/2013 11:50 AM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Sunday.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactIf he clears then he'll be sent to the minors. Mikkelson has skated in four games with Tampa this season, where he has generated one assist and six penalty minutes.
Tampa recalls D Brendan Mikkelson | 02/27/2013 7:30 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson has been summoned from the minors by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ImpactHe suited up for AHL Syracuse in seven games during his conditioning stint. With the Bolts this season, he has accounted for one assist, two hits and three blocked shots in two appearances.
Brendan Mikkelson demoted to AHL | 02/16/2013 1:49 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson was demoted to Syracuse of the AHL on Friday.
ImpactThis is more of a conditioning stint than anything else and Mikkelson will likely be back in Tampa within two weeks. That said, he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Brendan Mikkelson is good to return to lineup | 02/05/2013 5:43 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson (upper body) has been given the green light to return to the Lightning's lineup.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactMikkelson has an assist in one game with the Lightning this season. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Mikkelson feeling better after board crashing | 02/02/2013 1:19 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson seems to be feeling better after crashing into the boards at practice on Thursday.
ImpactAlthough he is sore, Mikkelson does not appear to have a concussion, which is good news. That said, he is a depth defenseman and has no fantasy value.
Brendan Mikkelson injured during practice | 02/01/2013 12:32 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson was sent for tests Thursday after crashing into the boards during a practice drill.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactAccording to the St. Petersburg Times, Mikkelson appeared to hit the back of his head and took several minutes to get up after the incident. He skated off slowly under his own power, but the team is listing him as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Mikkelson has dressed in just one game this season.
Brendan Mikkelson suited up for Bolts Tuesday | 01/23/2013 12:35 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson suited up for the first time this season on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe logged 14:09 of ice time and contributed an assist in Tampa's 4-1 win in Carolina. The Lightning have eight defensemen on their roster, so coach Guy Boucher has been juggling his combinations to keep his players fresh. Brian Lee and Marc-Andre Bergeron were the odd-men out against the Hurricanes.
Mikkelson prepares for return to Tampa | 01/07/2013 5:46 PM
NewsBrendan Mikkelson said over Twitter that will be flying back to Tampa on Tuesday.
ImpactDuring the lockout, he has played in 17 games with Vasteras in Sweden's second division where he has collected seven points and 20 penalty minutes. Mikkelson shouldn't be on fantasy radar though.
|Assists||2||4 times-last: 2011-12 (TB)|
|Penalty Minutes||17||2008-09 (Ana)|
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