Newest Edmonton Oiler Connor Brown reveals Connor McDavid was a part of his recruiting process
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2 months ago
The newest face to the Edmonton Oilers, Connor Brown, said his old Erie Otters teammate, Connor McDavid, played a role in his process of signing with the Oilers.
When free agency opened on Saturday, Brown and the Oilers didn’t waste any time working out a one-year $775,000 deal with $3.25 million in performance bonuses. A few hours later, Brown spoke with TSN’s James Duthie and revealed that McDavid was a part of the recruiting process.
Duthie: Was Connor a part of the recruiting process?Brown: Yeah, he was.Brown: When you have the best player in the world who wants you on their team and thinks that you can help them get over the hump, it means a lot… I’m excited to come to camp and be prepared.
Brown’s contract and future within the organization are solely performance-based this season. The forward, who was most recently a member of the Washington Capitals, played only four games last season before undergoing surgery on a torn ACL.
Brown was the 156th overall pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012. Playing only seven games his first year in the NHL, he really broke out the following year in 2016-17, scoring 20 goals and 36 points in his first full season. The success led him to ink a three-year, $2.1-million AAV extension with the Leafs.
In his second year of the contract, he was dealt in a multiplayer deal involving Cody Ceci to the Ottawa Senators, where he later re-signed to a three-year deal paying him $3.6-million a year. Last year he was traded in just the second year of his contract, to the Capitals in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. His eight years in the NHL combine for a career total of 90 goals and 216 points over 448 games.
After trading Kailer Yamamoto on Thursday, the Oilers have opened up a spot in their top six. The expectation for Brown is that he will come back from his injury and play at the same level he was able to compete at back in Ottawa and Toronto, hopefully soaking a spot up in the top two lines.
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