Connor Brown named to AHL All-Rookie Team

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The American Hockey League announced its all-rookie team this afternoon, and to the surprise of few, included Toronto Marlies forward Connor Brown.

Brown has been arguably the most pleasant surprise in the Leafs’ prospect pool this season. While he had an incredibly impressive 2013/14 season (his Draft+2 year) with the Erie Otters, questions arose as to whether he could do it while on the younger side of a professional roster.

So far, he’s more than risen to the occasion. In 70 games played, Brown has scored 18 goals and added 39 assists, good for a 17 point lead in team scoring and twelfth in the league. His 57 points are also the most by any rookie in the league, slightly ahead of Charles Hudon of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

With six games remaining in the season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Brown becomes the first rookie in Marlies history to hit 60 points. In the meantime, he joins the aforementioned Hudon, Milwaukee’s Viktor Arvidsson, Bridgport’s Ryan Pulock, Rockford’s Ville Pokka, and Wilkes-Barre’s Matt Murray in getting recognized.

In Other Marlies News

According to Kyle Cicerella, Troy Bodie will miss the remainder of the regular season with a hand injury suffered on April 1st. As well, Jamie Devane has undergone hip surgery and will not return this season. 

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSGPhoto.com

  • silentbob

    I love seeing our Marlies, young players and prospects having so much succes, I just hope the Leafs don’t start rushing guys like Brown and Nylander and Leipsic to the NHL after some success in the AHL.

    I’d like the see the Leafs adopt a very patient approach to development and wait until our young players are ready to not only play in the NHL but contribute in a meaningful way, the way the Red Wings do with their young players.

    I think a lot of GM’s would have played Nylander after the training camp he had this year. I hope that is a sign of patience and Shanahan, Hunter, Dubas and co. are going to let our young players, even the highly talent high potential ones, “simmer” before moving them to the NHL

  • silentbob

    If we are going to let our kid’s develope in the minor’s and we trade our 5 or 6 core player’s who will we ice next year this is the big question.So in a rebuild year we the fan’s will have to take a breath and just be happy that we will at least ice a team that will at least compete if not win. So GO LEAFS GO !!! P.S. PLEASE LORD McDAVID,STROME,MARINER AMEN !!!

    • silentbob

      “we need to ice a team” is not a good reason to rush someone to the NHL. I’d rather Nylander and co. spend 1 extra year in the AHL then be pushed the NHL too early.

      I really like what the Red Wings do with players like Nyqvist. They didn’t play him in the NHL when he was ready to “hang” in the NHL, they played him in the AHL until he was ready to be a contributing & effective NHL player. I’m very happy to wait until Nylander is 21 or 22 before seeing him with the Leafs if he means he’ll end up having a 30 goal, 70 point rookie season.

      They have guys with the Marlies like Frattin and Abbott they could promote to the Leafs if they needed too, they will have to take players back in any deal for their core players which can help fill out the roster, and they can always dip into the UFA market.