Connor Brown
Connor Brown
26-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, $10.8 million contract with the Senators in October of 2020.
Avoids arbitration
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October 22, 2020
Brown agreed to terms on a three-year, $10.8 million contract with Ottawa on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
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Brown's deal will afford him a significant uptick in pay after he made $2.1 million in each of the previous three seasons. The winger is coming off a 2019-20 campaign in which he set personal bests in assists (27), points (43) and ice time (20:07 per game).
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:40
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:36
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
15:01
1:10
1:50
2018–19
13:48
0:15
1:58
2019–20
20:07
1:40
2:36
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Closes season strong
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March 30, 2020
Brown has scored seven points in his last nine contests and stands with a career-high 27 assists.
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Gathers assist Tuesday
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March 10, 2020
Brown posted an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
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Another two-point night
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February 27, 2020
Brown had a goal, an assist and four shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
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Strikes twice Monday
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February 24, 2020
Brown scored two goals on five shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Notches power-play marker
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January 16, 2020
Brown finished with two points, scoring a power-play goal and tallying an assist in a 4-2 loss to Vegas on Thursday
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