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Possible Draft Target: Logan Brown

by Jason Pirie / Calgary Flames

Logan Brown is a force to be reckoned with.

A massive body with the skill of a small forward, the largest centre expected to hear his name called at this year’s NHL Draft – all 6-foot-6, 225 pounds of him – has teams salivating.

The top ranked pivot, Brown finished second in team scoring with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires with 21 goals, 74 points and a plus-24 rating in 59 games.

Though not overly physical for a player his size, Brown makes his presence felt at both ends of the ice by finishing his thunderous checks. He also owns a decent shot and has tremendous playmaking ability, as is evident by his team-leading 53 assists.

His long, powerful stride and reach make him difficult to contain on the rush while his shot, not surprisingly, is an absolute cannon.

The Spitfires thought so highly of the big centre that they acquired his services by sending a whopping six draft picks, including three in the second round, to the Niagara IceDogs who had originally plucked Brown sixth overall at the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

Yet another American-born son of a former NHLer – his father Jeff is head coach/GM of the Ottawa 67’s after manning the blueline for 700-plus NHL games – Brown is a duel citizen who has suited up for both Canada and United States on the international stage. He most recently racked up a dozen points (three goals, nine assists) as Team USA claimed bronze at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championships.

A combination of size and skill, Brown enters the draft ranked seventh among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

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