Flyers Patrick Brown Hopes ‘Bad Bounce’ Is Past, Dating Season In Store

The Flyers had a lot of players missing out on important time last season due to injuries.

Patrick Brown has been one of his most under-the-radar misses. The 30-year-old center was limited to 44 games due to a back problem, an MCL sprain, a dislocated thumb and a seizure with COVID-19.

Brown was required to give up just before the season It is the center of the fourth line. Pair those two things with going out for about half of the season, and suffice it to say that Brown is no known man in Philadelphia.

But over time, he could be much loved by new coach John Tortorella and be more known this season if he stays healthy.

“I’ve never had that number before, we’ll call them bad bounces – just a whole bunch of sneaky hits,” Brown said at his season-ending press conference in late April. “I hope I got them all out of the way.

“Obviously I have to do a better job staying healthy so I can contribute and play when they need me.”

When on the ice, Brown can be an effective man by taking on those small but important responsibilities that build trust between coach and player. He prides himself on taking tough standoffs, blocking shots and killing penalties. Last season, he had a 58.5 win percentage in the face of the showdown, blocked 36 shots and was able to contribute four goals and five assists while playing at 12:26 minutes per game.

A landmark moment in his season came on February 26 when he halted Alex Ovechkin’s blast to score a 2-1 win over the capital.

“It’s plays like this that we obviously feel good about, but maybe these plays go unnoticed to the normal eye,” Cam Atkinson said after the victory. “If you just watch how he competes and how he goes about his business on and off the ice, he’s one of the best brothers out there.”

If the Flyers are going to be more competitive this season after losing 57 games last year (25-46-11), they will do so defensively.

“I think we need to give Carter [Hart] More support the more we play around with it,” Tortorella said in June“letting him really get into the National Hockey League.”

Brown’s strengths make him a candidate for assistance.

“I know there will be a lot of competition in the camp next year. I think they will do everything they can to make sure we have a much better season,” Brown said. “I am excited to be challenged and competitive. I will do everything in my power to be the best player in Philadelphia. We have to win more hockey games – for ourselves, for the fans, for the city. We have to be better. I am excited for this opportunity.”

The fourth streak position won’t be recognized much when the team loses. But when he wins, these players are decisive and noticeable.

The hard-working Brown has proven that he can win at the AHL level. He was captain of the 2019 Calder Cup, Charlotte Checkers, of AHL’s Hurricanes at the time. Now he is trying to show that he can be a piece at the NHL level. He will be looking to secure a contract with the Flyers because the 2022-23 season marks the final year of a two-year, $1.5 million deal he originally signed with the Golden Knights.

More wins will go a long way.

“I feel really fortunate to have another year on my contract because I feel like we have a lot of work to do,” Brown said. “We have a great core, but we have a lot of work to do to be a better team. I have a chance to be a part of that and I want to be a part of it.”

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