2009-10: Joshua Brown appeared in one game for the London Junior Knights midget AAA team and was one of the top defensemen on the Knights’ Gold minor midget team. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his one game with the midget AAA team. Brown scored 5 goals with 13 assists in 43 games with the Knights Gold team and had 43 penalty minutes. He skated in five OHL Cup games with the Knights Gold team and had 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes. Brown was selected by Oshawa in the third round (44th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
2010-11: Brown played junior A hockey with the Whitby Fury in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 35 games he scored 6 goals with 4 assists and had 59 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Brown played 46 games for Oshawa in his first OHL season. He had 4 assists and was -9 with 49 penalty minutes. Oshawa was third in the East Division and faced Niagara in a first round playoff series. Brown played in two of six playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes.
2012-13: Brown assumed a leadership role with Oshawa in his second OHL season; skating in all 68 games for the Generals. He had 16 assists and was +17 with 79 penalty minutes. Oshawa finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Brown played nine playoff games, scoring his first OHL goal and finishing +1 with 4 assists and 11 penalty minutes. Ranked 174th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Brown was selected by Florida in the 6th round (152nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Brown was a team captain for Oshawa in his second season with the Generals and represented the OHL in the 2013 Subway Series against Russia. In 56 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was +7 with 83 penalty minutes. Oshawa finished first in the East Division and lost to North Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. Brown was +5 with no points and 18 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
2014-15: Brown played his overage season as captain of the Oshawa Generals and recorded a career-high 21 points in 60 games. He recorded four points and provided stability through 21 playoff games en route to a Memorial Cup win.
Brown is a big, shut-down defenseman with little offensive upside. He contributes to the team by punishing opponents and using his strength to deny attacking forwards any comfortable spot to set up opportunities.
Brown was signed by the Panthers and will begin his pro career likely splitting time between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16. He projects as a pure, stay-at-home defenseman who can line up with the opponents toughest players.