The Future Of Connor Brown In Toronto

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  1. GlitchMarner

    GlitchMarner Formerly 29GoalHoglund

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    When he debuted he was more productive (though his stats were likely inflated because of some of the opportunities he received) and just looked better as a player. He was kind of like Bozak in that he wasn't exactly dazzling but could make smart plays and had some of the fundamental skills you want a top nine player to have.

    Now I basically don't notice him a lot of the time, he doesn't produce well enough for a guy who gets regular top nine minutes on a team that has rather good forward depth and he seems more like a vanilla fourth line player or a guy a team calls up from the AHL. Is he really needed going forward with the emerge of Kapanen and Johnsson? What does the future have in store for him in Toronto?
     
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    He is gone. He might be kept around for this year but I just don’t see him for next season.
     
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    Julio Jones It was 28-3 ffs

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    I would rather see Moore in the lineup, but hes better then a guy like Lindholm
     
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    Marshy Behind Enemy Lines

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    Trevor Moore at 1/3 the price next year.

    Brown is the Leafs first cap casualty.
     
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    I like him on the PK and think he's a good 4th liner. But when the cap hell comes next year I'm thinking he'll be a cap casualty unless we can find a way to unload Marleau.
     
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    He's a no doubt NHL player, but don't fall in love with any of this ilk of player from here on in, we're going to see a revolving door of cap casualties in this tier. At least with he's not doing anything right now that we're going to miss when he's replaced
     
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    He's overpaid for his ever-diminishing role, he just isn't progressing. Seeing that 2+ mil on the 4th line blatantly stands out. A team struggling with scoring would take him in a change of scenery type trade.


    He gone.
     
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    I love Brown but he's gone, but that's OK Trevor Moore is cheaper and potentially better
     
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  9. A1LeafNation

    A1LeafNation Dubas: We can and we will!

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    Like Matt Martin, we cannot afford 2m 4th liners.

    He will bounce back on a new team ala Leivo.
     
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    Kumamon SAMURAI BLUE

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    he will be exposed in the expansion draft.
     
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    By which team?
     
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    The Leafs shouldn't keep him around that long.

    He just doesn't have the athleticism to warrant keeping. He doesn't really bring any outstanding attribute to the table.

    You look at a guy like Hyman in comparison. He's always trying to bring more of a dimension. When he first broke in he was more of a tenacious forechecker, and lately, as the team has been asked by Babcock to play heavier, you see him getting meaner, more physical, even fighting like he did tonight.

    Brown has just kind of stagnated into a semi energy player with very little production. It looks like his skating got marginally better but his hands were left behind.
     
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    Brown and Hyman are very comparable. Just differing usage has fans adoring one and berating the other.
     
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    Hyman is way better than Brown. More consistent motor plus he's got decent hands.

    I'm not a huge Hyman fan but he deserves a top 9 spot unlike Brown who is an easily repleacable NHLer. He kills penalties....not exactly a hard commodity to find.
     
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    I expect next years fourth line to be: Marchment-Goat-Moore/Engvall
    Cheap and full of grit.
     
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    He’s alright but I hope he gets traded for a pick
     
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    We're all numb to Hyman at this point. I think everyone has long reached the acceptance stage sometime last season.

    As for Brown, he'll be traded in the offseason likely. I think we could get a 2nd with a small plus.
     
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    Seems like Babcock really likes and trusts him so I doubt he is traded.
     
  20. MarnerPeachFuzz

    MarnerPeachFuzz Go Leafs Go

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    He has no future.... with this team at least....he is a tweener/bubble player
     
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    None, he has wasted every opportunity he has gotten, a perfectly mediocre and average NHL player, but we don't need to pay serious money for that.
     
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    Babcock shouldn’t get a say, he is a coach so he can coach the players he is given. Especially when you factor in he is the highest paid coach. Dubas should do what we he has to do and babs should shut his mouth and coach
     
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    Hyman is way better than brown. Points aren’t everything with these kinds of players. Brown is very overrated defensively where as hyman is very good defensively. Hyman works harder and 100% of the time, brown works hard but there are a few shifts off here and there.

    If forced to pick Hyman is the very easy choice
     
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    I agree but I doubt Babcock feels that way. He probably is a huge pain in the ass when he doesn’t get his way.
     
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    That's pretty easy though. Hyman is very strong at pushing play where his lines consistently do better with him, while Brown does the opposite.
     

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