By Anthony Sicilia
It’s been one day since, and Leafs nation is still reeling after hearing that a colorful and aggressive fourth line forward has been traded.
General manager Dave Nonis had stated in a press conference Monday morning that the trade with Edmonton was made to clear a roster spot. Nonis feels that the Toronto Marlies has a long list of young players that are on their way up to the big club.
Brown is known as a gritty guy that gave the leafs that little extra punch in the later seconds of a hockey game. This season, the 27-year old has five fighting majors. During his NHL career, Brown has spent quite sometime in the penalty box. In 254 games, the feisty fighter has 519 penalty minutes in 254 games.
There is no doubt that Brown provided some excitement for Leafs nation and his teammates alike. He often used his big frame to create shooting lines for players like Dion Phanuef, Phil Kessel, Clarke Mac Arthur and Nazem Kadri.
Since dealing away Brown to the Oilers, Toronto could win in the upcoming NHL draft lottery, as the numbers within the draft rely a lot on luck and good fortune.
As it stands, the Maple Leafs could receive a fourth round pick. Toronto could possibly receive a higher or lower pick in the draft as dictated by Edmonton’s play throughout this season.