Chris Brown grew up in the Dallas Junior Stars program.
2008-09: Brown appeared in 77 total games with the U.S. National U-18 Team. He scored 26 goals and added 20 assists to go with his 120 PIMs. It was his final season with the U-18 squad. Brown was chosen in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.
2009-10: Brown played in 45 games in his first season with the University Of Michigan(CCHA). He scored 13 goals and notched 15 assists, good for 28 points.
2010-11: Brown skated in 42 of 44 games for the University of Michigan as a sophomore; missing two games while playing for the USA at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship. Brown was the fourth-leading scorer for the Wolverines, who finished first in the CCHA during the regular season and reached the Frozen Four championship game. Brown scored 9 goals with 14 assists and had the team’s second best plus/minus (+18) with 59 PMs. In six games for the bronze-medal winning USA squad that hosted the junior tournament, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 4 PMs. Both of his goals were power play goals.
2011-12: Brown signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in March 20112 following his junior year at the University of Michigan. In 38 games for the Wolverines he scored 12 goals with 17 assists – both career highs – and led Michigan with 66 penalty minutes. After finishing second in the CCHA during the regular season, the Wolverines reached the league championship game against Western Michigan and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2012-13: Brown played in five NHL games with Phoenix in his first pro season – skating in his first game against Anaheim on March 4th and then returning for four games in April. He had no points and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes; averaging 7:38 minutes of ice time. Brown led the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Portland with 29 goals and had 18 assists; finishing -8 with 98 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round — with two of the three losses in overtime. Brown scored 1 goal with 1 assist in three playoff games and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Brown appeared in 12 NHL games in his second pro season, spending most of the year with Phoenix AHL affiliate Portland. He played six games with the Coyotes before being acquired by Washington in March 2014 as part of the multi-player trade that sent Martin Erat to the Coyotes. He had no points and was an even plus/minus with 17 penalty minutes; averaging 7:41 minutes of ice time for the Coyotes. Brown scored his first NHL goal and had 1 assist in six games with Washington, averaging 9:42 minutes of ice time in six late season games. He played 51 of his 63 AHL games with Portland before joining Hershey. Skating for the two clubs Brown scored 16 goals with 24 assists and was -4 with 70 penalty minutes.
Brown remains an intriguing prospect because of his size (6’2, 210 pounds) and his ability to score. He very much plays the big man’s game, using his size well to get through the muck. Brown has shown an ability to score goals at every level, though it remains to be seen whether or not he can do so on the NHL level. His skating is a plus as he has good speed and mobility despite his size. Consistency remains the biggest question mark for him as he struggles to live up to the potential that made him a second round pick back in 2009.
It seems as though time is running out for Brown in Washington. He is losing ground to other prospects in the Capitals system and cannot seem to consistently find the scoring ability that made him so intriguing in the first place. At 24 years old, he is one of the oldest prospects in the Washington system and is looking more and more like a career AHLer by the day. Unless he breaks out in 2015-16, Brown has likely hit his ceiling as a professional.