Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#9. Logan Brown – C, Windsor (OHL)
A long-limbed centerman who thinks the game very well, Brown displayed steady improvement throughout the season in virtually every aspect of his game to maintain his status as a likely Friday night selection.
Brown is a playmaker who likes to gain the zone, hold the puck and effectively slow the game down. When in possession, Brown has shown an ability to survey the ice in a manner very similar to how Joe Thornton has executed throughout his career in Boston and San Jose.
While previously showing traits as a pass-first playmaker, Brown has displayed a growing propensity to shoot more often since joining the Spitfires organization. He’s also grown to use his size and hand-eye coordination to effectively alter shots on their way to the net.
Perhaps the greatest gains in Brown’s well-rounded game, though, have come in the areas without the puck. His high-end intelligence come through with responsible defensive play and quick decisions to exit the zone. Package in a long, fluid skating stride with all of the other signs of his peak potential, and Brown makes for a very tantalizing prospect that could realistically be chosen anywhere outside of the top three.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).