Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
59. Chris Brown
- Team: US National Team Development Program U18
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 191 lbs.
- DOB: February 3, 1991
NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston: “Chris plays a tough and physical style game. He sets the tone of the game by taking the body hard and making a statement right from the opening face-off. He’ll drive his way through checks to get to the puck. He’s a very good skater with a long, smooth stride with balance and agility. He has very good anticipation of the play, and plays a solid two-way game.” Brown has committed to play for Michigan in the fall of 2009. Last season, Brown led the U.S. Under-18 team in penalty minutes (120) and finished second in power-play goals (10). He finished with 38 points (20-18-38) in 62 games.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Jamie Langenbrunner, Eric Nystrom
Scouting Combine Performance:
- Sorokin reported: “Yet another american kid with an NHL ready body. Killed a lot of the tests, bench press included. Looks like a prototypical power forward in the making.”
International Tournaments: In 17 international games he had 13 points (7-6-13), and was a member of the gold medal winning squad in April (WJC-U18s).
ETA = 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2.5/5 Reward = 3.5/5
NHL Potential: Two-way forward
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 7/10 Defensive = 8/10
- ISS: 34
- CSB: 30-NA
- TSN: 39
- THN: 61
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