April 8, 2015
TORONTO— Connor Brown has some league recognition.
The 21-year-old forward was named to the American Hockey League all-rookie team on Wednesday after leading his Toronto Marlies and all first-year players in scoring up to this point in the season.
Brown, Toronto’s 156th pick from the 2012 NHL Draft, has produced 18 goals and 57 points in 70 games for the Marlies and was selected as AHL rookie of the month for December.
On top of leading all first-year skaters in scoring, his point total is also good for 12th overall in the league.
“Connor Brown, I think night in night out has been our best player through the entire season,” said Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas.
Brown had been top-three in rookie scoring all year before passing Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon for top spot on March 29 with a four-point outing in a 4-3 win over the Rochester Americans.
Toronto has six games remaining in the regular season and are two points behind the Milwaukee Admirals for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Other skaters named to the all-rookie team include:
Forward Charles Hudon, Hamilton Bulldogs
Forward Viktor Arvidsson, Milwaukee Admirals
Defenceman Ryan Pulock, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Defenceman Ville Pokka, Rockford IceHogs
Goaltender Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins