With his entry-level contract signed, Logan Brown has big expectations for the upcoming season. Ottawa’s 2016 first-round pick is hoping to crack the big club in October, and will be given every opportunity to do so.
Brown signed a three-year contract with a cap hit of $925, 000 – bonuses could see his deal reach as high as $4.9 million.
“Getting him (signed) before training camp starts also gives him an opportunity to play games and get a chance to maybe get a spot on our team in this upcoming year,” Sens’ GM Pierre Dorion told the club’s website. “I think for us, to sign someone like Logan was important.
“It’s an important step in the direction of this organization having a player that is obviously committed with his training here in the summer, what we saw at development camp, what we saw of him last year. He’s definitely someone that’s going to be a big part of our future. Wherever he plays, we feel he’s going to be someone that’s going to be able to generate offense.”
The Windsor Spitfires centre finished second in team scoring last season behind only Coyotes’ prospect Christian Fischer. His 21 goals and 74 points in 59 games were both career bests for Brown. Internationally, Brown scored three goals and nine assists in seven games helping the Americans win bronze at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Ottawa was so high on Brown at the draft in June they made a trade with the New Jersey Devils to move up and select the 6-foot-6, 222-pound 18-year-old.
“I think that’s the goal for everyone going into camp: make it hard on them to send you home,” said Brown. “I’m really looking forward to getting here and seeing what it’s like playing with the pros. It’s the best level in the world and it is a goal of mine, but I haven’t experienced that level and I’m looking forward to doing that.”
Despite his size, Brown says he’s spent much of his summer in the Ottawa area working on adding weight to his mammoth frame.
“I’ve been training hard here everyday,” he said. “I’ve got the best training I could ask for here in Ottawa so I put on some muscle and added some weight and I feel pretty good on the ice. It’s been a good summer.”