Right at the buzzer, the Ottawa Senators have added another player for a late-season playoff run. Patrick Brown has been acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick.
Brown, 30, is a straight-line forechecking machine, who will add a ton of energy to the Senators fourth line but not much else. The undrafted forward has scored just eight goals in 120 career regular season games, including just two this season with the Flyers. What he does have, though, is some legitimate playoff experience as a role player with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2021 and Carolina Hurricanes in 2019, both teams that advanced to the third round.
If the Senators make the playoffs—which appears a real possibility after some strong play in recent weeks—players like Brown will be useful for head coach D.J. Smith and the rest of the staff. His speed, physical play, and penalty-killing ability make him a valuable option at the bottom of a lineup card, as long as he’s not being asked to do too much. His ability to play center is also a nice fit for a Senators team that has struggled to stay healthy down the middle of the ice.
A sixth-round pick is not a lot, but the Flyers will take anything they can get to piece a roster back together. It’s hard to call it a true rebuild, but draft capital will help even if general manager Chuck Fletcher tries to go with the “retool” option to satisfy ownership. Brown, on an expiring contract, was a chip they did well to cash in, given he was claimed off waivers from the Golden Knights in 2021.