About fucking time. That’s all I have to say.
Mike Brown.. one of the Maple Leafs’ tough guys has been traded to the Oilers for a 4th rounder in 2014. Good pick up for the Oilers.
Here is the scouting report on Brown:
Assets: Is a speedy, industrious forward that backs down from no one and engages in physical contact. Will drop the gloves to protect teammates. Kills penalties with aplomb.
Flaws: Doesn’t own the skill necessary to play a top-six forward role at the NHL level. Doesn’t always display the discipline needed to be an effective fourth liner. Injuries are also a factor.
Career Potential: Physical defensive energy winger.
Fits exactly into what we need, which is a useful player that is tough enough to protect our players, but can also play an important role outside of the goon role, which is PKer in his case. Also, we can use the energy too. This is really what Ben Eager should be like.
Now looking at numbers, the “kills penalties with aplomb” comment might be hyperbole. Doesn’t look like he has been much of a PKer with the teams he plays with. He does PK, but we’re talking 2nd or 3rd unit.. but that said, it’s still a good sign. Would MacIntyre get that, or Darcy Hordichuk? Hell no. Doubt we’d see Ben Eager out there ever either. So this should say that he can play a regular shift and not leak goals.