The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the most intriguing prospects in the NHL: Connor Brown.
Brown recently became the first OHLer this season to reach the 100-point plateau. Michael Traikos of the National Post points out that players like John Tavares, Staven Stamkos and Patrick Kane have accomplished that feat. However, so have players like Justin Azvedo, Corey Locke and Ernie Godden. Being a 100-point scorer in the OHL doesn’t guarantee NHL success.
This was definitely not expected of Brown. He was a 13th round pick in the OHL Draft and the Leafs took a chance on him in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Mark Seided, Chief Scout for North American Central Scouting, wonders if Brown’s a top-six forward.
“Is he a legitimate top-six forward? That’s a tough thing… There’s been a lot of guys who have put up big numbers in the OHL at that size. But I think it’s certainly something Leafs fans should be excited about. He’s taken giant, giant steps.”
Brown has worked hard to move up the Leafs prospect ranks. In fact, Traikos even mentions that in the upcoming The Hockey News Future Watch issue, Brown is ranked fourth among Leaf prospects.
“The main thing is I’ve been consistent this year… I’ve tried to go hard every game, every practice and I found that’s the best way to keep your game up, through practice habits. It’s paid off across the board.”
If it continues to pay off for Brown, his future could be very bright in Toronto.