Connor Brown

Connor Brown

30-Year-Old Right WingRW
Edmonton Oilers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Brown didn't get much of a chance to show himself with the Capitals last year, suffering a torn ACL four games into the season. He didn't record a point, but he's topped 30 points in four of his six full seasons in the NHL, and now he's set for a reunion with his junior teammate, Connor McDavid, in Edmonton. Brown's a direct replacement for Kailer Yamamoto in the Oilers' lineup, but the team is clearly counting on renewed chemistry between Brown and McDavid. Assuming Brown's knee is fine, he'll have significant upside as a sleeper pick if he can stick on McDavid's right wing this year. Don't be afraid to take the plunge on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Oilers in July 2023.
On three-game point streak
RWEdmonton Oilers
May 29, 2024
Brown logged a shorthanded assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Stars in Game 4.
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Brown set up Mattias Janmark's tally in the second period, which stood as the game-winner. Over the last three games, Brown has a goal and two assists, stepping up as a solid depth scorer for the Oilers. He's at four points, six shots on net, five hits, five blocked shots and a plus-3 rating over 10 playoff appearances in a bottom-six role.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:20
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:46
 
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20:03
2:04
2:38
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16:46
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2:04
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12:48
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Close to return?
RWEdmonton Oilers
November 14, 2023
Brown, who has been out with a knee injury, believes he is close to being able to return to the lineup, Ryan Rishaug of TSN reports.
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Brown practiced on the fourth line during Tuesday's session. He could be available to return as early as Wednesday's contest against Seattle after missing the past five games. Brown hasn't picked up a point in nine appearances this season.
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Brown was his usual steady self a season ago, posting 10 goals and 39 points in 64 games. He added nine points with the man advantage while also averaging more than 20 minutes per game (20:03) for the second time in the past three years. Brown was traded from Ottawa to Washington in mid-July for a second-round pick. Brown is best served as a depth player/penalty killer, which limits his fantasy value, but he could be a candidate for top-six duty until Tom Wilson returns from a torn ACL. That isn't expected until December, at the earliest.
On the surface, Brown had an excellent season for Ottawa. He posted a career-high 21 goals, including a stretch of eight games in the middle of the year in which he tallied once in each contest. A deeper dive into the numbers tells us Brown's success is almost certainly unsustainable. Those 21 markers came on the strength of a 17.1 percent shooting percentage, a number outrageously higher than his prior seasons. He also managed just a single goal (and four points) with the man advantage. Brown has his uses and should continue to see a boatload of ice time for a Senators team which is nowhere near the end of its rebuild, but fantasy managers expecting him to score at the same clip we saw a season ago are likely to come away disappointed.
Brown had a very good season amidst low expectations with the lottery-bound Senators last year, scoring a career-high 43 points. That performance does, however, come with a big asterisk; Brown's 20:07 of ice time per game ranked 20th among forwards in the NHL but he ranked 110th out of 156 in points per game (0.61) among forwards who scored at least 15 goals. It's much more playing time than what he averaged as a role player with the Leafs, and his career season required high-volume opportunities that will only be available on bad teams. Brown will be a top-six placeholder until the Sens' young talent matures, and with limited offensive upside on a team that is closer to the lottery than the playoffs, he is unlikely to be any more effective in fantasy than he was last season in 2020-21.
Brown has a real shot at a top-six role in Ottawa, something he just couldn't take hold of in Toronto, even as coach Mike Babcock's pet -- he sure was beloved for his tenacity and defensive determination. Those attributes will make the redhead a fan fave in Canada's capital, and he should be able to take off from where he started as a rookie (the 25-year-old sniped 20 goals as a freshman while skating with Auston Matthews). Brown was seen by many as an add-on in the Nikita Zaitsev trade, but opportunity plus talent/defensive skill should let him flourish. He could end up being the best part of the Sens' haul in that deal.
Brown took a step back offensively in 2017-18. He couldn't build on his 20-goal, 36-point rookie campaign and settled with 14 goals and 14 assists over 82 games. Yet Brown is well-respected by his coach, Mike Babcock. His flexibility makes him an easy guy to move up and down the lines. The Leafs are also incredibly deep at forward, which pretty much relegates Brown to the fourth line with capped ice time. He'd play on any other team's third line with ease. Still, he'll outmatch the guys he skates against every shift, which makes him and his mates exciting to watch. But his fantasy value will be limited to the deepest of formats.
Brown's 20-goal rookie campaign in 2016-17 would have leapt off the page had it been not been for guys named Matthews, Marner and Nylander. He also tailed off as the season wore on with just five goals in his last 23 games. Brown, however, had the trust of coach Mike Babcock, something that doesn't come easily, and he continued to slot onto all lines because of his gritty, two-way versatility. Brown finished the season with 36 points despite playing a more defensive role and should line up as the Leafs' third-line right winger in 2017-18. Don't let that scare you, as the Leafs' top three lines saw relatively equal ice time in 2016-17. Brown should see an uptick in output this season, although he will continue to hop the boards in key defensive moments. Mid-40 point totals beckon.
Brown is a classic late-bloomer who has gone from being a sixth-round pick (156th overall) in 2012 to the OHL scoring champion and Player of the Year in 2013-14. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Brown needs to continue to work on his strength to shine in the pros, but he already oozes top-six skills and loves to compete, so his time should come. He'll be given every opportunity to show off his talents with the AHL Toronto Marlies and could compete for a job with the Leafs in a couple seasons.
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Chips in assist
RWEdmonton Oilers
May 27, 2024
Brown recorded an assist in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Stars in Game 3.
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Nets lone goal in loss
RWEdmonton Oilers
May 25, 2024
Brown scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
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Puts up helper
RWEdmonton Oilers
May 16, 2024
Brown logged an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Canucks in Game 5.
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Produces assist in loss
RWEdmonton Oilers
April 13, 2024
Brown logged an assist in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Canucks.
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Finds twine in win
RWEdmonton Oilers
April 7, 2024
Brown scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Flames.
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