Mike Brown was acquired by the San Jose Sharks from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth round pick. When first acquired, general manager Doug Wilson stated that Brown played a fast paced style of hockey which the team was wanting to play. With low stats, there was definitely talk that he joined the Sharks simply for his grit.
2013-14 Season Review
Brown’s first season with the Sharks placed him in the fourth round lineup after both Raffi Torres and Adam Burish were out due to injury. Although not playing much throughout the campaign, Brown showed his potential late in the season along with in the playoffs. Throughout 48 games played, Brown recorded two goals and three assists. Over the course of six playoff games played, he scored one goal and one assist.
Brown also showed his grit throughout the season, clocking 75 minutes in the penalty box, the second highest of all Sharks players. This included eight fighting majors; luckily most of which he won.
About to face unrestricted free agency, Brown signed a two-year contract extension to stay in San Jose. Sharks players were actually excited to see the deal made and are looking forward to having the opportunity to play with him for a couple more years.
With Brown’s lack of ability to produce points, it is unlikely that he will play all games. However, the fourth line, at the moment, is looking pretty shaky and Brown has the ability to use this to his advantage and prove himself in the lineup. With the Sharks being very vocal about using younger players more often throughout the coming season, having someone on the ice who isn’t afraid to fight and stick up for his teammates may be vital as well. Only time will tell how this season pans out for Brown.