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Bill Guerin should make a low-risk/high reward move for Logan Brown

Who is Logan Brown? Logan Brown currently plays for the Ottawa Senators' AHL Affiliate Belleville Senators. He was selected 11th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Brown is looking for a fresh start and a change of scenery. He wants out of Ottawa and Guerin needs to add to the center position to create competition for training camp. With Marco Rossi and Frederick Gaudreau being new faces to the team Logan Brown could make the most of his opportunity as he's out of dreadful Ottawa. With Brown's combination of size, pick skills, and playmaking ability Guerin should make a low risk move for the 23 year old which could turn into a high reward.

Brown is 6'6", 227 pounds. If anything he's Jordan Greenway's size. We need more forwards with bigger built and who is built to withstand the NHL playoffs. I'd say Brown's similar to Greenway in terms of finding his identity. He's a big player, but plays a different style of game that doesn't always involve physicality. Brown's game is built around skill and creativity. If he wants to be a monster though he needs to apply his size more and be more of a nasty player. Brown just loves to create any chance he gets. He's physically mature for the NHL. What's lacking is offensive consistency and him dealing with injuries. Also the Senators stunted Brown's development path by bringing him into the NHL too early expecting him to be a savior.

Brown hasn't exactly lived up to expectations, but it's hard when you're barely getting ice time and being placed in situations to succeed. Brown's 23, but hardly has NHL experience. Brown has played 30 games and has only produced 9 points in that span. Brown has averaged 11:07 of ice time in those 30 games. Here's the positives about Brown that should convince you he still has more to give than his production suggests. In all situations he is a really good possession driver. In 30 games he's averaged a Corsi For % of 54.2 and a Fenwick For % of 54.9. So he knows how to apply his size and puck skills to be a driver offensively because of his playmaking abilities.

So what were Brown's weaknesses when he was drafted for the Senators to stunt his development? Well Brown isn't known for explosive quickness and it was an area for him to work on despite him having a strong skating stride. Brown's a good, but not great skater. His first few steps were pretty choppy. Also his compete level was a question mark as he had consistency problems. He needed to learn that it takes more than skill to be a successful player in today's NHL. You have to play with a killer instinct and lead by example. You need to be quick as well. Brown should've played a couple more years in the OHL before coming to the pros. Then have him play in the AHL until he was ready to make the transition to the NHL. Just like how the Wild are doing with Matt Boldy.

The Senators aren't really experts when it comes to player development. Brown has all the tools to be a successful playmaking center who can quarterback a PP because of his transition skills to complete zone entries. He can play the point or the half wall on the PP to set up plays for good scoring opportunities. He can protect the puck at a high level and is extremely hard to knock off the puck. He's capable of carrying his line offensively, but hasn't put pieces together. He does have a good two-way game as well. If the Senators took time and had Brown mature into the professional game we would've seen a better and productive top-6 player at the NHL level by now.

Brown has top-6 ability. A change of scenery can help and he brings more size to the lineup. Brown wouldn't cost much to acquire him. How does a 2022 3rd round and a 2023 5th round pick sound? Similar to how the Montreal Canadiens acquired Christian Dvorak. Brown does have some high quality talent for his size where he can impress at times. Check out some of his highlights. He can be a playmaking wizard, but needs more consistency.

To MIN: C Logan Brown

To OTT: 2022 3rd round pick and 2023 5th round pick

Projected lines (just forwards this time):

Mats Zuccarello - Joel Eriksson Ek - Kirill Kaprizov

JEE deserves a look at the 1C spot. He's earned the opportunity. He burst into the scene with 19 goals and is looking to trend upward. JEE can take on the defensive responsibilities as a top center, but will he bring another gear offensively? Kaprizov can carry a line himself, but he needs a competent center with the high level IQ to play with him. Rask wasn't a competent player. JEE is the much more better center and how about we see him and Kaprizov establish chemistry? Guerin trusting JEE is what had him breakout in the first place. Is this the new JEE?

Jordan Greenway - Marco Rossi - Kevin Fiala

Thanks to being the leader in assists last season Greenway gets a chance to show what he's capable of playing with dynamic linemates in Rossi and Fiala. Like Brown, Greenway likes to play more of a finesse game than anything despite his size. How about you use both of those qualities? Rossi and Fiala aren't going to power through bigger defenders and win a lot of board battles like Greenway. He needs to create space. Once he does it opens up tons of opportunities for Fiala and Rossi to wow the crowd. Greenway needs to play his role and the rest will come into play. Rossi will be the playmaking center and Fiala finally gets a center who will help him bury one-timers. This line should dominate possession.

Matt Boldy - Logan Brown - Marcus Foligno

I feel like Brown could use a mentor like Foligno who can help him bring out more a killer instinct and be more of an aggressive offensive player. This line will bring lots of energy, power, and creativity. They will dominate the boards and will crowd the net. This will be Foligno's assignment as he'll cause havoc in front of the net and frustrate goalies. This helps set up screens. Boldy or Brown can rip the puck. Boldy has the better shot as more than likely he'll be the sniper on this line as Brown will be a natural playmaker and be comfortable with his role. This line will excel on both ends of the ice. This line should dominate puck possession as well.

Frederick Gaudreau - Nico Sturm - Ryan Hartman

This 4th line is an upgrade. Gaudreau is the better upgrade over Bjugstad and Rask. Gaudreau plays a complete game, but is more of a hard working player who plays with lots of heart. His work ethic should click with Sturm who is trying to make a name for himself. We all know how versatile this line can be. This line will take on more responsibility against top lines.

Victor Rask (he stays as the 13th forward and for cap relief!)

Nick Bjugstad

So Wild fans should we take on Brown? If so, it could lead up to something better as we can use him for a trade piece for a Hertl you'd say? Or we can keep adding centers and OFFERSHEET Pettersson..Why not offersheet Pettersson and trade for Brown making our center massive stretching out our centers tonthe wing like the Tampa Bay Lightning? Doesn't hurt to do that..Anyways, thanks for reading!

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