Continuing on our series of prospect analysis we stumble upon one of the most exciting prospects. Logan Brown.
The 11th overall pick of the 2016 draft could be said to have turned some heads. In fact, he has lifted some, given his 6’6 stature he will comfortably fit into the tallest in the league.
Just like we mentioned with Colin White, Brown is exceptional at both ends of the ice. In part down to his size, merely blocking shots will be a huge asset to his team. Not as physical as you would imagine a guy that size to be. Contests when needed, never over committing and leaving himself and his team vulnerable.
One area he excels in is his assist game. His knowledge of his teammates whereabouts is rather impressive. Can fizz saucer passes for fun and sees plays that others may not. As stated in the Jonathan Dahlén piece, players who come from NHL families seem to have these talents ingrained within. Brown’s father Jeff played 747 NHL games notching 585 points an impressive 0.78 PPG for a defenseman. Whether Logan can make that sort of impact remains to be seen.
This is not to say that he cannot score. Quite the opposite, possessing slick hands and a tasty wrist shot.
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Brown can’t seem to catch a break at the moment. Back on the 23rd January 2017 it was reported that Logan had received his third injury and would be out for a month.
In 28 games Brown has 35 points (13 goals and 22 assists), solid numbers but not exactly earth shattering in the fast and loose OHL.
As of right now, Brown has only managed to play in half of his teams games, the Windsor Spitfires having completed 56 games. Why is this a weakness? The NHL is a monumental step up in terms of intensity and physicality compared to the CHL.
Logan Brown has the potential to be a key NHL player for the Ottawa Senators. This was evident when the Sens traded up from 12th to get their man. The skill-set is there but that is not the issue.
Whether he can stay healthy enough is the biggest question of all. Not being able to see out a OHL season sends alarm bells to management. 59 games out of 70 last season is manageable and is what got him drafted but he’s looking at 37 games if he comes back on time.
The situation next year for him will be to send him to the AHL and the Belleville Sens because I do not believe he will be NHL ready with his current fitness concerns. Then again, he may come into next seasons camp and light it up.