Raleigh, North CarolinaHeight:
7th among North American Skaters
Don’t underestimate Logan Brown.
A tall, lanky power forward that possesses a dangerous shot, the 6-foot-6 centreman can get the puck on net from anywhere on the ice.
Son of former NHL defenceman Jeff Brown, Logan grew up in a hockey environment, having been immersed into the culture at the age of one when his family moved to St. Louis.
Enrolled in the St. Louis Junior Blues program, Brown played against older skaters until he was 10 years old, which may explain why the now 18-year-old Windsor Spitfires centre isn’t afraid to use his frame to muscle his way to the net or work the boards.
“I’m a big two-way centreman,” Brown said at the NHL Scouting Combine. “I pass first and I really like to use my size down low, below the dots and kind of buy some time for myself holding off defenders and just kind of be big and wait for the plays to develop and create plays.”
Brown possesses an impressive vision and playmaking ability from the outside, which could be attributed to the elite group of mentors he had in St. Louis. Aside from his father, he received instruction from NHL stars Keith Tkachuk and Al MacInnis — big players who knew how to use their size and skill to their advantage.
The Raleigh, NC native’s unique blend of Big-Rig size with solid speed has highlighted his enormous reach and finely-tuned playmaking skills, and he’s only continued to improve while playing with the Ontario Hockey League’s Spitfires.
In his OHL rookie season, he had 17 goals, 26 assists, 43 points and a -8 rating in 56 games in 2014-15. This season, the centreman recorded 21 goals, 53 assists, 74 points and a +24 rating in 59 games.
“He’s still growing, which is amazing because he’s already big as it is,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting told NHL.com. “His skating has developed and I just think it will take a little more time for the rest of it to catch up to his body. When he has the confidence and assertiveness to play to his size and play a little more selfishly, then his numbers will rise and good things will begin to happen.”
Through Brown’s growth and development with the Spitfires, he attributes much of his and his teammates’ success to Windsor’s Head Coach Rocky Thompson, a former Oilers assistant.
“He helped a lot of guys on our team kind of grow and develop their game,” he explained. “Obviously, being at the NHL level, he kind of saw everything that it takes and what it takes to be elite at that level. Bringing it back to Windsor is just a little bit of an advantage so we can kind of start on those things before we get into the NHL.”
Poised as a potential top-seven pick at this year’s draft, Brown said that although it’s exciting to be ranked high, it doesn’t matter when or where a player is selected among the list of prospects.
“I knew that I could make the push for the top 10 and I think I had a really good second half and kind of took off,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter where you go, what pick, all it is is an invitation to try out for an NHL team and that’s what every kid dreams of I think.”
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
- Director Of Scouting, D. MacInnis: “Still learning how to use his frame to his advantage. Big time upside if he puts it all together. Still growing into his body. A raw offensive product that needs more seasoning.”
- ISS: “Makes good decisions on the ice most of the time. He can make finesse plays and also run over opponents. Almost NHL ready. Like him a lot. Has leadership qualities.”
- Tyler Parchem from Elite Prospects: “Brown is a huge center that excels at both ends of the ice. He can be dominant in the offensive zone but takes care of his own end as well. His 6’6” frame is key to his success as he uses his body to shield his puck and his reach to keep it off other players sticks. He is not overly physical for a player his size, but will finish every check and battle down low very effectively. He has a good shot with a pro like release as well as good creativity and maturity when passing the puck.”