Prospect Profile: Graeme Brown
Graeme Brown: Defence / Windsor Spitfires / 6’0″ 175 / 5-16-96
OHL Draft Ranking: 50th Overall
Selected: 3rd Round, 45th Overall
2012 Club Team: Greater Kingston Jr Frontenac’s (OMHA)
Brown is an intelligent defenceman who plays smart at both ends of the ice. He has shown strong improvement in his positional play, and is strong on one-on-one’s. He is effective at engaging forwards away from the high percentage areas of the ice, and skating them out of ice. He makes strong decisions with the puck, but doesn’t push things too much offensively when its not there. He is just as happy to dump the puck then to make a risky play. He reads the ice well, but still has some room to grow with his overall vision of the ice. He is solid positionally in his own zone, and is strong in puck battles and battles for positioning in front of the net. He has one of the hardest shots from the point on the powerplay. Some areas to improve include his overall core strength, as well as his puck skills. I’m not sure how much of an offensive difference maker he will be at the next level, and needs to work on making skilled plays at a higher speed, as well as making crisp, tape to tape stretch passes. He projects out as a solid two way defenceman who plays a smart defensive game at the next level. He will head to Windsor to fight for a roster spot on the Spitfires defence, however my expectations are that he will play most of next season in Jr B, while being called up during U17′s and U20 tournaments.