Connor Brown’s season left much to be desired

This season’s year in review posts kick off with homegrown, long-time Leaf fan, Connor Brown. The 25-year-old was a staple in this roster throughout the season, being a hard-working, grind-it-out type of player, a favourite for Head Coach Mike Babcock.
Stats
GP
G
A
P
Corsi%
Expected Goals%
82
8
21
29
49.67%
54.4%
While playing a reduced role for the majority of the season, either on the 3rd or 4th line for most of the season, Brown managed to have a pretty good season statistically. Last year, he scored a moderate 28 points, and he hit a similar mark at 29 points this year. This pales in comparison to the 20-goal rookie season, but that’s to be expected. Most of that high-scoring season was played with Auston Matthews, who you would expect to help boost Brown quite a lot, being the special player that he is.
This year, he was centered instead by either Nazem Kadri or Frederik Gauthier. Kadri, while pretty good in his own right, is simply not able to create chances for Connor Brown the way Auston Matthews was.
Grade: B-
A lot of people have complained about Connor Brown this season, but a lot of that probably comes from the higher …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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