On a team filled with upcoming NHL super stars and a can’t miss draft prospect for 2015, it’s pretty easy for other guys such as Connor Brown to go unnoticed. However, the OHL certainly didn’t let the Erie Otters captain go under the radar as he was named the Most Outstanding OHL player of the 2013-2014 season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have found a gem in their 2012 6th round draft pick, Connor Brown. Brown captained the Otters, set a franchise record and won the OHL scoring title with 45 goals and 83 assists in 68 games. Brown has been on a mission to prove that late picks can still make it to the NHL and has done so by earning a three-year entry level deal with the Leafs.
Brown and the Otters made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they lost to the Guelph Storm in 5 games. Throughout the Otters playoff run, Brown recorded 18 points in 14 games.
In addition to Brown being named the most outstanding player, he was also awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as OHL MVP. It’s been an impressive season for the Leafs late draft pick from 2012 and the season isn’t over. He is the OHL candidate to win the CHL player of the year award as he competes against Sam Reinhart and Anthony Mantha of the WHL and QMJHL respectively.
Connor Brown needs to add some muscle in order to battle against the bigger and stronger players in both the AHL and the NHL. Currently Brown in 5 foot 11 and 170 pounds, a little small for NHL action. He is listed on the Toronto Marlies roster for the playoffs and will likely compete for a full time roster spot on the team next season.