Travis Brown
Image: WHL

Travis Brown

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-03-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th overall (149th overall), 2012

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Travis Brown was selected by Moose Jaw in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft after winning a Manitoba provincial bantam championship with the Winnipeg Monarchs in 2008-09. Brown skated for the Monarchs midget team in the Winnipeg City League; in 32 games he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and had 42 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Brown made his WHL debut, appearing in two November games,  one March contest  and three playoff games for Moose Jaw. He spent the bulk of the season playing for the Winnipeg Wild midget AAA team. He had 1 assist and was minus-one in three regular season games and did not have any points or penalty minutes in the playoffs for the Warriors. In 42 games for the Wild he scored 6 goals with 24 penalty minutes and had 33 penalty minutes. The Wild finished second behind the Winnipeg Thrashers in the regular season and fell to the Southwest Cougars in the playoff semifinals. In seven playoff games Brown had 3 assists with 4 penalty minutes.

2011-12: The 17-year-old Brown played a much larger role than expected in his first full season with Moose Jaw due to an injury to Maple Leafs' prospect Morgan Rielly. Brown appeared in 66 games and scored 7 goals with 24 assists and 45 penalty minutes. Brown and forward Eric Arnold shared the plus/minus lead for the Warriors (plus-19). Moose Jaw finished first in the East Division and reached the playoff semifinals. In ten playoff games Brown was minus-three with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Brown was ranked 89th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft and was selected by Chicago in the fifth round (149th overall).

2012-13: Brown returned to Moose Jaw for his second season in the WHL. Playing on a defense corps that included Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly, Brown scored 9 goals with 30 assists in 70 games, trailing only Rielly for points amongst Warriors defensemen. Brown was -22 with 54 penalty minutes as Moose Jaw missed the WHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the East Division.

 

Talent Analysis

A balanced defenseman, Travis Brown combines puck-moving ability with a 6'2 frame and commitment to the physical game. He skates very well and has good mobility in all directions. When the puck is on his stick, he can make safe plays on the breakout as well as get his shot through at the offensive end.

 

Future

Brown has been a key defender for Moose Jaw in each of the past two seasons, ranking behind only Morgan Rielly in points over that span. Brown will be counted on heavily again in 2013-14 and should have the chance to skate in all situations for the Warriors. He needs to continue filling out his 6'2 frame, but another productive WHL season could force the Blackhawks hand when Brown's signing deadline comes around in the summer of 2014.

 

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