Sunday Hits -07.03.16

A collection of headlines from the past 24 hours.

Thunder brewing

According to KSN TV  Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee said the Senators East Coast Hockey League affiliate would be the Wichita Thunder.

The Senators had used the Evansville IceMen last season as their ECHL Affiliate, but the team has ECHL approval to relocate to Owensboro, Kentucky, pending a complete renovation of the Owensboro Sports Center.

First Scrimmage in the books

Ken Warren at the Ottawa Citizen has some quotes from a few Senators prospects after  Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the clubs development camp at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

Forward Gabriel Gagne:

“I have to, with my size, be a power forward, I have to be hard. I have to shoot, move my feet, finish my hits. I have to show everybody I can finish my hits, win my one-on-one battles.”

Forward Markus Nurmi:

“This year, I have to get some muscles and more weight, that’s the thing.”

Forward Logan Brown:

This summer, I’m really working on my explosiveness, and that’s what is missing in my game. The big goal for everyone is to make the big step (to the NHL) at 18, but I’m definitely going to try and do that, and make it hard for the Senators to send me back to Windsor.”

White and Chabot

More from the Ottawa Citizen, forward Colin White will in fact return to Boston College for another season (Darren Dreger tweeted this would probably happen back in May.)

“I’m going back to school. We’ll see what happens and go from there. Development wise, it will be good for me to get bigger and stronger. We all decided that it would be best for me.” – Colin White

As for defenseman Thomas Chabot, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion believes that he will be able to push for a spot this season on the clubs roster.

“It’s nice to hear that. Since I’ve been two years old, I have been thinking about playing in the NHL one day.” – Thomas Chabot

Big Dreams – The Senators get their man at the draft

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Pierre Dorion had said that the cost for the Senators to move into the top 10 at the entry draft would likely be too high for the organization, but the cost to move up one spot (from 12th overall to 11th overall) – a third round draft pick (80th overall) – was worth it to get their man: Logan Brown.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Brown grew up in the suburbs of Chesterfield, Missouri playing youth hockey in St. Louis and Indiana. Brown has dual – citizenship (American/Canadian) and while he played for Canada at the World U17 two years ago he played for the United States during the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this season.

Logan is the son of former NHL’er, defenseman Jeff Brown, who played from 1985 – 1998. Jeff Brown currently resides in Ottawa and is the head coach of the Ottawa 67’s – while Logan is playing in Windsor with the Spitfires.

Brown was selected 6th overall in the 2014 OHL Priority selection (one spot behind the 12th overall pick the Senators moved to the New Jersey Devils, Michael McLeod) by the Niagara IceDogs, who went to trade him for six draft picks (three second round draft picks, three third round draft picks and a 14th round draft pick) to the Windsor Spitfires.

Windsor Spitfire Vice – President and General Manager Warren Rychel had nothing but good things to say when he acquired Brown.

“He is a kid with unlimited potential, with good size, a lot of skill and a high hockey IQ. This is an exciting day for the organization and our fans. A player like Logan is hard to find.”

In his freshman season with the Spitfires, Brown scored 17 goals and had 26 assists. He scored the seventh most goals among rookies that season, and his 26 assists were third most among Ontario Hockey League rookies.

During the 2015-16 season, Brown scored 21 goals and had 53 assists (10th among OHL players,) with 23 of his assists coming on the power play. Leading up to the draft his size and playmaking ability had scouts gushing.

“He’s still growing, which is amazing because he’s already big as it is, his skating has developed and I just think it will take a little more time for the rest of it to catch up to his body. When he has the confidence and assertiveness to play to his size and play a little more selfishly, then his numbers will rise and good things will begin to happen.”

 Dan Marr, head of NHL Central Scouting

It was these traits that had the Senators gushing too:

In my opinion I think that Logan Brown has a lot of potential – and if he continues to improve his game on and off the ice – he is probably two to three years away from competing for a spot with the Senators. With Colin White and now Logan Brown the Senators are building a nice collection of centers for the future.

 

Brown is a huge center who 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 large 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. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016) – Eliteprospects