Scoring Line’s latest prospect profile is Logan Brown. The son of former NHLer Jeff Brown had a very good year for the Windsor Spitfires. He’s a huge kid, and teams love having big guys down the middle. He’s going to be looked at by a lot of teams, and could very well be up for grabs when the Devils walk to the podium at the draft. Let’s take a look a more in depth look at Brown.
From: Raleigh, NC, USA
Weight: 218 lbs
The rankings provided are the most recent rankings at the time of this writing.
ISS Hockey: 7th
Craig Button: 27th
The Draft Analyst: 16th
Future Considerations: 14th
Bob McKenzie: 13th
Draft Buzz: 9th
McKeen’s Hockey: 13th
NHL Central Scouting: 7th (NA Skaters)
Brown’s rankings are all over the place. He’s ranked as high as 7th, and then as low as 27th. I should say that out of all the rankings listed, I trust Button’s the least. Not to say that he’s wrong, but I personally look at his draft rankings last. With that being said, it’s a possibility that Brown goes to the Devils at 11. It might be seen as a little early, but we don’t know how the Devils have him ranked. He could be their favorite prospect for all we know.
Originally a Niagara Ice Dogs pick, Brown was traded to and started his OHL career with the Windsor Spitfires. He was fifth in OHL rookie scoring during the 2014-15 season. He produced at a solid 0.77 PPG pace during his rookie season. Brown saw his point totals jump this year as he played a more prominent role for the Spitfires. In 59 games played, Brown put up 74 points, which translates to a 1.25 PPG average. Brown was second in scoring for the Spitfires, right in front of Mikhail Sergachyov, who was recently profiled here. Brown also produced in the playoffs for Windsor, putting up 6 assists in 5 games. He was an offensive leader all year for the Spitfires, and you can see that when you look at his OHL stats.
Brown has international experience, playing for both Canada and the United States. Brown is a dual citizen, but since he represented USA at the U18 World Championship, he will now represent USA in any future international tournament. He put up 4 points for the Canada Red U17 team at the U17 World Hockey Challenge. His most impressive tournament was the U18 World Championship that ended recently. Brown put up 12 points in 7 games, good for a 1.71 PPG average. He helped USA win a bronze medal with a great 3 point (2 goals/1 assist) performance against Canada. He was fourth in scoring for the entire tournament, behind Tyson Jost and Clayton Keller, two players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, and Kailer Yamamoto, a highly touted 2017 NHL Draft eligible player.
The first quote I want to look at is from Tyler Parchem from Elite Prospects. Tyler had this to say about Brown,
“Brown is a huge center that excels at both ends of the ice. He can be dominant in the offensive zone but takes care of his own end as well. His 6’6 frame is key to his success as he uses his body to shield his puck and his reach to keep it off other players sticks. He is not overly physical for a player his size, but will finish every check and battle down low very effectively. He has a good shot with a pro like release as well as good creativity and maturity when passing the puck.”
A few things to look at in this quote. First, I love how he not only plays well in the offensive zone, but that he is responsible in his own zone. Those are the kind of players the Devils really love, an example being Adam Henrique. Second, he uses his large frame to his advantage. There are a lot of big players who don’t use their frames, which can be a huge asset for a player. He also uses that frame to play physically, but not overly physical where it can be a problem. I also like that he already has a pro like release, and creative players are always a plus.
Some more quotes from Steve Kournianos at The Draft Analyst and Future Considerations.
Steve from The Draft Analyst:
“Massive playmaking two-way center with a lethal shot who’s been centering Windsor’s top line all season. The son of Ottawa 67’s head coach Jeff Brown — a former all-star defensemen in the NHL — Logan is a physical specimen indeed, using a massive wingspan and strength to win his puck battles and transition quickly to offense.
Read all of Steve’s profile on Brown here.
“A tall, lanky power forward that possesses a dangerous shot that he can get on net from anywhere on the ice. He is not afraid to use his frame to muscle his way to the net or work the boards. Possesses impressive vision and playmaking ability from the outside and has the unique blend of imposing Big Rig size with solid speed although improvement to his first two steps is required. Needs to continue to add strength to his frame and bring more consistency to his overall game. Has high-end top line NHL upside.”
Both Steve and Future Considerations mention that Logan is a playmaker, and I think it’s pretty easy to see that from his point totals. Future Considerations and Steve talk about how he can muscle his way to the net or along the boards, which just reiterates the point I made above. One concern is that he needs to be more consistent. Every player will go through scoring slumps during their careers, but if it’s something that is a major concern, it can really have a mental impact on a player. As we pointed out, he’s a big guy, and he should be dominating every game in the OHL.
Scoring Line’s Opinion
Brown’s an interesting player. He’s produced at the OHL level, but you’d like to see more from a kid his size. That’s not to say he’s a bad player at all, but still. There’s also concern about his consistency which scare me somewhat. I don’t think the Devils draft Brown at 11, as I think there will be better options available. Now, if something happens and the Devils trade down, I can see them picking Brown. He has an NHL pedigree, and teams love that. He’s also a huge center, which isn’t something that’s easy to find. I would be a little shocked if he was the Devils pick at 11, but stranger things have happened. I think Brown at 11 would be a reach for the Devs, so if he does end up a Devil, I hope they traded down to do it.
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