Logan Brown’s agent isn’t happy with how his client has been treated by the Ottawa Senators since being drafted. Andy Scott joined TSN radio in Ottawa recently and gave his thoughts on how Brown’s career has gone so far.
I’ve really never seen another player met with such resistance by the team that ends up drafting the player early in the first round. From day one I’ve seen Logan have to grind and claw and work his tail off for every morsel of opportunity that he’s been provided. Whereas with some of these other guys, some of these elite players like Logan, it’s been a little bit easier. They get paired with top lines, top players, put into positions to excel. You look at last season, he shows up to training camp and he’s on the eighth line. He’s the eighth-line center. This is your 11th-overall pick from the 2016 draft. You know he’s played no more than two games in all the years he’s been here, playing with NHL wingers.
Brown, 21, has played six games in the NHL so far in his young career and has a single assist, but did record 42 points in 56 games for the Belleville Senators last season. The 6’6″ center has a ton of upside, but finds himself in the minors once again to start the year.
- Captains have been announced all across the AHL today, but one of the more interesting selections is Carolina Hurricanes prospect Roland McKeown. The 23-year old defenseman was picked 50th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 but has already logged more than 200 games for the Charlotte Checkers after a trade brought him east. The young McKeown re-signed with the Hurricanes just last month and is in a tough spot behind the huge amount of depth the Hurricanes have amassed on the blueline. For now, he’ll take over the leadership duties in Charlotte and try to help the Checkers back to the Calder Cup.
- Ethan Bear was officially sent to the minor leagues yesterday in a cap move by the Edmonton Oilers, but he never left the club and is expected to play in the team’s next game. Not only will the 22-year old defenseman get a chance to be a full-time player for the Oilers this season, but with Adam Larsson out for six to eight weeks he very well could be pushed into a leading role. Bear made his NHL debut in 2017-18 and got into 18 games with the Oilers, already showing that he’s much more than just a fifth-round pick. Ryan Rishaug of TSN believes he’ll either suit up with Darnell Nurse or Oscar Klefbom in the team’s next game, a huge opportunity to show he can be a reliable top-four option.