With the draft only a few days away, the Sens seem to have started the preparation phase of their action plan. In a depth move, the Ottawa Senators have acquired 25-year-old defenseman Josh Brown in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
News Release: The #Sens have acquired defenceman Josh Brown from @FlaPanthers in exchange for the team's fourth-round draft pick (95th overall) in 2020: https://t.co/ucsjxAYHRz pic.twitter.com/wRnRpunW17— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 2, 2020
Josh Brown was a sixth-round pick in 2013 and at 6’5 and a right shot, he seems like a good insurance player to have either in Belleville or Ottawa. He has played 93 NHL games with the Florida Panthers in the past two season amassing 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and was previously coached by DJ Smith in Oshawa where they were the Memorial Cup Champions in 2015.
Pierre Dorion describes Brown as a big, strong defenceman who should help bring some physicality and shot blocking skills to the lineup.
“Josh Brown is a big, strong defenceman who plays a physical style of game,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He’s a defensive defenceman who skates very well and who is exceptionally competitive. He’s also a very good shot blocker who clears a lot of space in front of the net. We’re looking forward to seeing him in our lineup. “ - Pierre Dorion
Micah McCurdy’s (HockeyViz.com) quick analysis showed him to be an average, uneventful NHL player, which would be an improvement over most of Ottawa’s defence last year if he can keep it up.
Josh Brown (traded to Ottawa for a fourth) has looked ordinary/dull in not a lot of minutes for Florida. pic.twitter.com/GxVpCmUr1t— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 2, 2020
Ideally, the Sens should be retaining all their draft picks but if they are not planning to re-sign Ron Hainsey, this is a good move to provide some buffer for younger guys. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of more moves to come before the draft.
It should also be noted that we now officially hold the record for the most number of players named Brown at 3.
Welcome to Ottawa, Mr. Brown.