The Oilers have acquired Mike Brown from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
I reached out to Jeff Mullen of Editor In Leaf on the Fansided network.
Mullen is a life-long Leafs fan, and freeze-pop aficionado
Here’s what he had to say about Edmonton’s newest piece of the rebuild.
JC: Tell me what kind of player the Oilers acquired in Mike Brown.
JM: Mike Brown is a great depth player. From all accounts in the locker room he is a great teammate. He is a solid two way player, but has been primarily used in a third/fourth line role as well as penalty killing. He is what I would call a meathead/pest type of player, less of a pest because I can’t recall him being unwilling to throw down with anybody, regardless of size.
JC: What’s the one thing Brown can do best?
JM: Hitting is the thing is does most often, and he seldom backs down from a fight. Just last week he busted the orbital bone of Tye McGinn of the Philadelphia Flyers. You will also notice his speed very quickly. For a meathead type of player, he is gifted in the legs.
JC: What’s the one thing he needs to improve?
JM: He has hands made of stone. He will not score a lot of goals, outside of the odd deflection. He also has to take care to reign in the hits he throws as he has been subject to supplemental discipline.
JC: Compare Mike Brown to a guy like Ben Eager.
JM: Bear in mind I’m not that familiar with Ben Eager, but from what I can recall of his play, Brown is less likely to take a penalty. If he does it is typically from being too aggressive rather than too slow.
JM: I think Randy Carlyle has an affinity for larger players, and from what I have seen over the past 6 games, both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren have contributed offensively as well as been willing rumble. The Leafs also have some depth in this department with other players coming up in the system that may be suited to a third/fourth line role, and there is simply a lack of space at this time. This is a problem on the back end as well with Komisarek and Liles both drawing press seats for large stretches.
JC: Anything else you’d like to add?
JM: As much as I personally tend to dislike the meathead type of game, I think you and Oilers fans will grow to love Mike Brown. From all player twitter accounts over the past year there has been an ongoing gag under hashtag #brownbeaut, which is similar to the ever popular Chuck Norris jokes. He won’t score a lot of goals but he plays with a lot of intensity. I can tell you Leafs fans will miss him. And his killer moustache.
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