Connor Brown
Connor Brown
25-Year-Old Right WingRW
Ottawa Senators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs in August of 2017.
Joining club via trade
RWOttawa Senators
July 1, 2019
Brown was flipped to the Senators by the Maple Leafs, along with Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Carcone, in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick.
Brown came up just one point shy of hitting the 30-point mark while setting a new personal best in assists (21). The winger played in all 82 games in each of the previous three campaigns and will no doubt be eager to make it four in a row with his new team. The 24-year-old's versatility will allow him to slot into any of the Senators' line combinations and should be a solid depth scoring option regardless of his linemates.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Productive in shootout loss
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Brown scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Flyers.
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Goals few and far between
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March 7, 2019
Brown picked up a shorthanded assist Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.
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Building point streak
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Brown collected an assist in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Oilers.
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Mired on fourth line
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February 13, 2019
Brown has just five goals this season.
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Cards two assists in win
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January 24, 2019
Brown recorded a pair of assists in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
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