Connor Brown
Connor Brown
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Ottawa Senators
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Brown had a very good season amidst low expectations with the lottery-bound Senators last year, scoring a career-high 43 points. That performance does, however, come with a big asterisk; Brown's 20:07 of ice time per game ranked 20th among forwards in the NHL but he ranked 110th out of 156 in points per game (0.61) among forwards who scored at least 15 goals. It's much more playing time than what he averaged as a role player with the Leafs, and his career season required high-volume opportunities that will only be available on bad teams. Brown will be a top-six placeholder until the Sens' young talent matures, and with limited offensive upside on a team that is closer to the lottery than the playoffs, he is unlikely to be any more effective in fantasy than he was last season in 2020-21. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.8 million contract with the Senators in October of 2020.
Provides another shorty
RWOttawa Senators
May 12, 2021
Brown scored a short-handed goal and registered six shots Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win against Toronto.
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Brown struck for his league-leading fifth shorty of the season when he followed up his own rebound after being denied on a breakaway. It was Brown's 21st goal overall, a new career high for the 27-year-old. He had 20 as a rookie with Toronto in 2016-17.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:15
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:55
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:48
0:15
1:58
2019–20
20:07
1:40
2:36
2020–21
18:15
1:22
2:55
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Brown has a real shot at a top-six role in Ottawa, something he just couldn't take hold of in Toronto, even as coach Mike Babcock's pet -- he sure was beloved for his tenacity and defensive determination. Those attributes will make the redhead a fan fave in Canada's capital, and he should be able to take off from where he started as a rookie (the 25-year-old sniped 20 goals as a freshman while skating with Auston Matthews). Brown was seen by many as an add-on in the Nikita Zaitsev trade, but opportunity plus talent/defensive skill should let him flourish. He could end up being the best part of the Sens' haul in that deal.
Brown took a step back offensively in 2017-18. He couldn't build on his 20-goal, 36-point rookie campaign and settled with 14 goals and 14 assists over 82 games. Yet Brown is well-respected by his coach, Mike Babcock. His flexibility makes him an easy guy to move up and down the lines. The Leafs are also incredibly deep at forward, which pretty much relegates Brown to the fourth line with capped ice time. He'd play on any other team's third line with ease. Still, he'll outmatch the guys he skates against every shift, which makes him and his mates exciting to watch. But his fantasy value will be limited to the deepest of formats.
Brown's 20-goal rookie campaign in 2016-17 would have leapt off the page had it been not been for guys named Matthews, Marner and Nylander. He also tailed off as the season wore on with just five goals in his last 23 games. Brown, however, had the trust of coach Mike Babcock, something that doesn't come easily, and he continued to slot onto all lines because of his gritty, two-way versatility. Brown finished the season with 36 points despite playing a more defensive role and should line up as the Leafs' third-line right winger in 2017-18. Don't let that scare you, as the Leafs' top three lines saw relatively equal ice time in 2016-17. Brown should see an uptick in output this season, although he will continue to hop the boards in key defensive moments. Mid-40 point totals beckon.
Brown is a classic late-bloomer who has gone from being a sixth-round pick (156th overall) in 2012 to the OHL scoring champion and Player of the Year in 2013-14. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Brown needs to continue to work on his strength to shine in the pros, but he already oozes top-six skills and loves to compete, so his time should come. He'll be given every opportunity to show off his talents with the AHL Toronto Marlies and could compete for a job with the Leafs in a couple seasons.
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Secures goal No. 20
RWOttawa Senators
May 8, 2021
Brown registered a goal and two assists and to go with a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 4-2 win over Winnipeg.
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Pockets 19th goal of year
RWOttawa Senators
May 5, 2021
Brown scored a goal on two shots and was plus-2 with two blocks in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Montreal.
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Shakes out of brief dry spell
RWOttawa Senators
May 3, 2021
Brown scored a short-handed goal and added an assist in Monday's 2-1 win over Winnipeg. He also had four shots and one hit.
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Deposits empty-netter
RWOttawa Senators
April 22, 2021
Brown scored an empty-net goal on four shots, doled out two hits and blocked a pair of shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
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Pots pair of goals
RWOttawa Senators
April 19, 2021
Brown scored two goals, served two PIM and went plus-3 in Monday's 4-2 win over the Flames.
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