2009-10: Patrick Brown played for the Cranbrook-Kingswood school in Michigan. In December he committed to playing at Boston College in 2010-11. He was ranked 202nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2010 NHL Draft bur was not selected.
2010-11: Brown skated in 29 of 39 games for Boston College in his freshman season. Playing a lower line role on one of the most talented teams in college hockey, he had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. The Eagles finished first in Hockey East in the regular season and defeated Merrimack in the conference championship game. BC, the defending national champion, was defeated by Colorado College, 8-4, in a wild NCAA West Regional semifinal game.
2011-12: Brown appeared in 13 games for Boston College in his sophomore season as the Eagles went on to win a national championship. He scored the first goal of his college career, his only point of the season, in the Eagles’ season-opening win over Michigan State. Brown was minus-3 with 6 penalty minutes skating as a fourth line center. BC won the Hockey East regular season title and won their final 19 games to capture the Hockey East and Frozen Four titles.
2012-13: Brown emerged as a key two-way player in a third line center role for Boston College as a junior. He played in all 38 games and scored 5 goals with 6 assists; finishing minus-7 with 14 penalty minutes. The Eagles finished second in Hockey East. After a loss to Boston University in the Hockey East semifinals they were defeated by Union, 5-1, in the semifinals of the NCAA East regional.
2013-14: Named team captain the previous spring, Brown was Boston College’s fourth-leading scorer in his senior season. In 40 games he had career-highs in goals (15) and assists (15) and was plus-5 with 30 penalty minutes. BC won the Hockey East regular season title and was among the top-ranked teams in the country most of the season. The Eagles were upset by Notre Dame in a three-game Hockey East quarterfinal series but rebounded to capture the NCAA Northeast Regional — defeating Denver and Massachusetts-Lowell — before falling 5-4 to eventual national champion Union, 5-4, in a Frozen Four semifinal game. Carolina signed Brown to a two-year entry-level contract on April 12th, 2014.
Brown is the epitome of a sum-of-all-parts player who plays a sound game in all facets and does whatever is necessary to win games. Not overly skilled in any one particular area and never drafted while playing with several high profile prospects at Boston College, Brown was a team leader for the Eagles and brings that same type of character to the pro level.
Brown attended his first training camp with Carolina and has been shuffling between the Hurricanes and AHL affiliate Charlotte to start the 2014-15 season. Since he can play both center and wing his durability and dependability make him a valuable player who can slot in to a lower line role on an emergency basis. While there may not be much upside in terms of scoring ability such players are usually a valued commodity and can usually find jobs.