Brown (shoulder) is expected to be healthy for training camp, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. According to manager Rob Blake, Brown is on track for the upcoming season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. While the winger did spend some time on the top line last year, he will likely be limited to a second-line role following the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk. Still, playing alongside Jeff Carter is certainly not a bad assignment for the 33-year-old.
Brown (shoulder) underwent successful surgery Thursday and is expected to be ready for training camp next season, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. Brown is coming off the best season of his career, scoring a personal-best 61 points and tallying 28 goals, his first 20-goal season since the 2011-12 campaign. The 33-year-old forward averaged 19:50 of ice time per game and was a huge factor for Los Angeles' offense and top power-play unit. Assuming Brown stays healthy, expect similar production next season from the New York native.
Brown failed to score on any of his six shots Tuesday as his team was eliminated with a 1-0 Game 4 loss to the Golden Knights. Brown had a golden opportunity to keep his team's season alive in the final minute, but his sixth and final shot of the contest glanced off goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's glove and stayed out, just like the 30 other pucks Los Angeles fired on the Vegas netminder. The 33-year-old forward has a lot to be proud of despite the early postseason exit, as Brown surpassed his old career high of 60 points by one during the regular season.
Brown recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Sunday against Vegas. During the regular season, Brown was able to score 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists), but it's his physical play that has been on full display in the postseason -- he's recorded 19 hits during the first three games. That doesn't mean the 33-year-old has shifted his focus, as he peppered Marc-Andre Fleury with six shots in Game 2, but the Flower has largely shut down Los Angeles' offense in general, only allowing three goals in the first three games. Brown has remained on the first line and top power-play unit in the playoffs, where he'll likely remain for the rest of Los Angeles' postseason run.
Brown registered six hits Wednesday in a tough Game 1 road loss to the Golden Knights. Even though Brown failed to score on two shot attempts, his physical play was key in disrupting the offensive flow from a Vegas squad that is relentless on the forecheck and thus adept at initiating odd-man rushes. The 2003 first-round (13th overall) draft pick should make a positive difference in this series after he recorded a career-high 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) through 81 games in the regular season.
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