Connor Brown on mission at Leafs prospect camp

Connor Brown, OHL player of the year, is attending Maple Leafs prospect camp this week in Toronto....

Connor Brown, OHL player of the year, is attending Maple Leafs prospect camp this week in Toronto. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

TORONTO - Ontario Hockey League player of the year Connor Brown has the stall next to No. 1 draft pick William Nylander at Maple Leafs prospect camp, a pairing the club hopes will someday be an NHL reality.

Brown intends to speed up that timetable as much as he can, starting with a good showing this week, a stepping stone to the four-team NHL rookie tournament in September.

“William is right beside me, with a lot of the same people who’ll be at rookie camp,” Brown said as the prospects hit the ice for the first time Monday at the MasterCard Centre. “This week is going to help prepare us all.”

Right winger Brown is one of the main attractions for Leaf brass, a sixth-rounder in 2012 and an even longer shot as the 251st pick of 301 OHLers selected in the midget draft two tears earlier. At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds he’s put in three years with the Erie Otters and rose to their captaincy. He’s a strong offensive force, independent of projected 2015 draft darling Connor McDavid.


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