#59 Chris Brown – The Hockey Spy’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft Rankings

Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.

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Chris Brown In The Mold Of: Jamie Langenbrunner? {Eeleus - Flickr}
Chris Brown In The Mold Of: Jamie Langenbrunner? {Eeleus - Flickr}


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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

Bio/Interview Links:

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

Other Rankings:

  • ISS:  34
  • CSB: 30-NA
  • TSN:  39
  • THN:  61

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