Everyone put your hands up sayin’ ey-o!
Our pick at 17 is Logan Brown. A center from Raleigh, North Carolina (Hey Bagel!) currently playing for the Windsor Spitfires, Brown has completed two seasons in the OHL, amassing a stat line of 38-79-117. From EliteProspects:
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.
What is Twitter saying?
@LukeLapinski Chychrun has zero hockey sense. I hope we stay far away from him. Logan Brown looked fantastic at u18s & has size and skill
— captainnotsoserious (@Stevyn39) May 2, 2016
#1 auston matthews: perfect player, amazing skill, genius, great speed, outstanding hockey IQ, jesus himself
#5 logan brown: big and good
— az (@HENRlKSEDIN) May 1, 2016
One of my favorite (Bellows) has a good game. Keller has a high hockey IQ. Logan Brown big and good center like Bjugstad. #2016NHLDraft
— Elmonice (@elmonice1809) April 24, 2016
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 4, 2016
Great play by Logan Brown here. Demonstrates his anticipation after losing the puck, then makes an incredible feed. pic.twitter.com/OExQulY4wk
— Mitch Brown (@MitchLBrown) May 11, 2016
Why should the Bruins draft him?
The second-best center in the draft behind Auston Matthews, he could easily move up in to the top ten; if he’s around at 14 when the Bruins use their first first-round pick, Brown is a good option. He has the skills to be a top 6 forward sooner than later. At 6’6″, he has the size every team covets.
Why should the Bruins pass?
Despite the purported loss of Alexander Khokhlachev, the Bruins still have strong depth at the center position. With their 14th pick, the Bruins might be looking to address organizational needs more than taking the best available, which is what Logan Brown would be.
What do you think?