27-Year-Old Right Wing – Tampa Bay Lightning
J.T. Brown Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension with the Lightning in June of 2016.
Brown (illness) will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Bruins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Brown is a speedy, fourth-line penalty killer who doesn't mind rubbing opponents the wrong way with his tiny torpedo ways. He'll never put up many points – his 22 in 78 games last season was the best output of his career. But Brown will bounce his undersized frame off opponents like a ping pong ball. And he forces turnovers, which he turns into shots because of his speed. Unfortunately, there are plenty of 20-point, 100-hit, 150-shot guys just like him on the wire. Brown should be there, too, not on your fantasy lineup.
Brown is the kind of bottom-six, energy forward that every team desires. He skates with high intensity on every shift and plays a whole lot bigger than his 5-foot-10, 172-pound frame. His offensive upside is ultimately limited, but he does have enough of a playmaker's mentality to fill in on the second-line for short spurts. The Bolts and coach Jon Cooper will count on him for important minutes, but don't count on him to make a fantasy impact for your squad.
Brown is a former NCAA free agent signed by the Bolts. He struggled in the AHL last season, in large part because of a slow recovery from a broken collarbone. The playmaker will need more time in the minors to grow his game, but he'll likely be a regular in a year. He won't ever be an offensive wizard, but he will one day bounce between the second and third lines. And maybe even top the 55-point mark.
Maybe Brown will buck the odds -- there just aren't that many college free agents who turn into consistent offensive performers in the NHL. He's probably better suited, though, as a third-line sparkplug who can pound the opposition and possibly chip in 10-12 goals. The Bolts' wings are thin among the bottom six so he has a shot at a big-league job this fall. But his fantasy impact will be slim.