OHL Draft: David Brown Hoping To Score On Draft Day…And In The OHL
The Alliance would have been a showcase of skill in each and every game this season. In particular, the ‘AAA’ loop had significant top end offensive talent.
Among those noted scorers is Blenheim’s David Brown.
Brown, a member of the Chatham-Kent Cyclones should be a lock to be selected in the upcoming OHL Draft, an achievement that would be a dream come true for the forward.
“It would be a dream come true to be drafted in June,” Brown said. “It’s been something I have been looking forward to and working towards for a long time now making many many sacrifices. I would be proving to myself that all this hard work and dedication I put into my game paid off.”
In his U15 season, Brown finished 7th in Alliance scoring putting up 25 goals and 55 points in 41 regular season and playoff games, and represented to Chatham-Kent Cyclones at the Alliance all-star game.
After such a strong U15 season, Brown had hoped to continue to showcase his scoring ability during his OHL Draft season, but the COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas.
“I feel this season was a letdown, I was expecting and getting prepared for OHL combines, showcases and in-person interviews as well as having the opportunity to play for the OHL Cup,” Brown described of what he had hoped would be his U16 season.
“We got almost none of this, we never got the true minor midget experience. At the beginning of this season, there were lots of feelings, expectations and I was excited to have an opportunity to showcase my game, with this last year I wasn’t given the chance. Though I am still very hopeful and excited for what is to come in the draft.”
Those feelings have been echoed by almost every hockey player in Ontario. In particular, Brown was surrounded by several other draft prospects on the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, one of the deepest cohorts the organization has seen in a decade.
“Our team is full of very talented and hard-working guys that push each other every practice. I feel a bunch of players on this years Cyclones team have a great shot at the draft and I’m excited to see where everyone goes to play next year and further their careers,” Brown said. “I hope the best for all my former linemates teammates and competitors. It was a great 7 years with the Cyclones and I’m very great full for my time with the organization.”
As for himself, Brown, who stands five-foot-eleven, wants to get through the draft, and prove to any team who selects him that he belongs in the OHL, and has much to offer.
“What I’m hoping to show to an OHL team if I were to get picked is my work ethic, the amount of effort I put into each shift and how I never give up on the play. I’m hoping to display how I can develop and create plays with my speed and high hockey IQ.”
Brown and his Chatham-Kent Cyclones teammates will be anxiously waiting for that opportunity when the OHL Priority Selection Draft takes place June 4-5.