After a great season with the Erie Otters, Connor Brown finally received what deserved.
Brown has won the Red Tilson Trophy, given to the OHL’s most outstanding player. During the course of the OHL season, Brown scored 45 goals while adding 83 assists for a total of 128 points. He followed that up with eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 14 playoff games.
Captain of the Otters, Brown led the team to the OHL’s Western Conference Finals. There they were defeated by the Guelph Storm, who’s captain, Matt Finn, just so happens to be another Leafs prospect. After the Otters were eliminated from the playoffs, Brown joined the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for their playoffs.
Whats amazing is that the Leafs drafted Brown with the 156th pick, that’s in the sixth round, of the 2012 NHL Draft. Now, it’s no sure thing that Brown will be a sniper in the NHL, but he has come a long way.
There are concerns about Brown’s size, but his general manager in Erie has faith in him. He has said no one “will outwork Connor Brown or his will to prepare.”
Fun Fact: Brown is the first Erie Otter to win the Red Tilson Award since Brad Boyes won in 2001 and 2002. Of course, Boyes was drafted by the Leafs in the 2000 NHL Draft.