Brown is tied with teammate Connor Carrick for second in the AHL playoffs with six goals. The goals are one thing; the way he creates offence is another. Brown has been impressive working the puck down low or off the rush, and has shown that he can produce at even strength, on the power play and while shorthanded. It remains to be seen if Brown can crack the Leafs' lineup for next season, but he'll be a good one when he arrives.
Brown, who has three goals in the first two games of the AHL playoffs, is impressing Toronto's staff, reports the Toronto Star. Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe praised Brown after Game 2 of the team's opening round series against Bridgeport: "If the first couple of games of the playoffs are any indication, he's showing he has another level in his game." Brown has long had to fight and claw his way to respect because of his size and suggestions he profited from playing alongside star talent. However, he has proven detractors wrong at every turn. Brown's playoff performance this season could deliver him a permanent role with the big club by 2017.
Brown was returned to AHL Toronto on Thursday. Brown registered six points -- including a pair of multi-point efforts -- in seven games during his time with the parent club, giving the hapless Leafs someone to look forward to in the coming years. At this point, it's all about giving him as much playing time as possible, whether that be in the NHL or minor-league affiliate.
Brown registered three assists -- two on the power play and one shorthanded -- in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Panthers. Brown has exploded onto the scene for Toronto, appearing in just seven games and recording a goal and five assists in that span including two multi-point outings. The 22-year-old has been lethal on the power play, as four of those points came on the man advantage. This kid clearly has a bright future -- don't sleep on him in keeper formats.
Brown scored the first goal of his career in a huge moment -- tying the game on a power play with less than five minutes left in the third period -- and added a power-play assist in a 6-5 win over the Ducks on Thursday. The goal was absolutely enormous for this Leafs team -- unless, that is, you're looking for them to tank for a higher draft pick -- as they'd blown a three-goal lead and fallen behind, only to be bailed out by one of their many rookies in his fourth NHL game. The 22-year-old has a 128-point junior season under his belt and 85 career points in 104 AHL games, which is suggestive of significant long-term upside. Snatch him up quietly in keeper formats; he's one of many Leafs who look to have bright futures ahead.
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