You have realized your dream of playing in the NHL.
You suit up for your first full season, a rookie on a team full of them who garner much more of the attention, be it good or bad. Perfect, you prefer flying under the radar so you get comfortable in your new digs and do what you do best.
Toe drag, snipe cheddar, celly hard, all season long.
Finding a regular spot on an NHL team, (which also happened to be his favorite NHL team) Connor Brown suited up for the Blue and White and had one of the best rookie seasons in franchise history. A top 10 rookie performance for a franchise who is older than dirt, no big deal.
The former Toronto Marlie finished last season with 20 snipes and 16 apples, only 10 pims while playing every single game including six playoff games.
How is Brown rewarded? Some would argue, well, we can start with the new contract. 2.1 sheets a year to play for your hometime team, a decent trade-off. But then you come to camp and are told, ‘oh hey kid, by the way, fourth line this year, go get em’. Although Babcock did mention he was going to play more than he thinks, the fact is how fucking crazy is it that you can have a season like he did, and technically be demoted lines the following year.
If you are judging solely on the depth chart of the team’s 5 on 5 lines, Connor Brown sits on the Maple Leafs’ 4th line. So if you compare him to the other 4th line players across the show, it’s not even close, Connor Brown is the best 4th liner in the NHL.
If you actually watch Maple Leaf games, you know that Connor Brown does not play 4th line minutes. He kills penalties like a young Kirk Maltby, he’s getting some love with the sprinkle of Power Play time, and it’s well documented Babcock doesn’t have an issue rolling all four lines against anyone.
Monday night the Maple Leafs came back against the Blackhawks. A game that was one-sided for the first twenty minutes as the Blackhawks ran show, the last two periods the Leafs were a different story. Connor Brown played a huge role in changing the momentum of the game. What stood out the most was how fucking smart this kid is. He was all over the ice, anticipating pucks left, right and center and maybe the best of all, he always plays the right way. Fucking hard, all the fucking time.
Work ethic, hockey IQ, soft hands, sounds like a bluechip top prospect, not exactly for Brown. Even though his last year of junior hockey he led the Erie Otters with 128 points (McDavid had 99 points), his draft year he played for a brutal Erie team managing 28 goals. Good enough for the Maple Leafs to take a flyer on him in the 6th round.
Slow clap for the scout who vouched for the Brown pick….you can stay.
Connor Brown is going to score 20 goals again this season, he may snipe 30 and all technically from his team’s fourth line. Even though some nights he leads the Leafs’ forwards in ice time, Connor Brown is the 4th right winger to get penciled in, each and every night.
No more Jamal Mayers, Rickard Wallin, Darryl Boyce, Christian Hanson, Troy Bodie, Joey Crabb, or Matt Frattin. The fourth line right wing spot is all Connor Brown’s, and that’s some crazy shit.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay saucy, keep your drags toey and finish cheddar.
ICYMI- Brown’s tally from last night and the best Joe Bowen call in recent memory.