On Saturday, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said he was close to finalizing a new contract for restricted free agent Chris Brown and on Thursday the club completed the two-year, two-way deal for the 24-year-old right winger.
Brown played in five games for the Capitals last season, scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 16. In 64 games with the AHL Hershey Bears Brown recorded 17 goals and 11 assists, along with 70 penalty minutes. He added three goals and two assists in nine playoff games.
In 22 career NHL games with the Caps and Arizona Coyotes, Brown has two goals and one assist. A sturdy 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Flower Mound, Texas, Brown is the only piece remaining from the March 4, 2014 trade that sent Martin Erat and John Mitchell to Arizona in exchange for Brown, Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL draft that was used to trade up for defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler.
Brown will be given a shot to crack the Capitals' lineup in September but unless there is a roster shakeup he is more likely to begin next season in the AHL, where, in 195 career games with Hershey and Portland, he has 115 points (62 goals, 53 assists) and 238 penalty minutes.
Before turning pro, Brown recorded 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) and 66 penalty minutes in 38 games with the University of Michigan (CCHA), setting career highs in assists, points and penalty minutes in 2011-12. Brown led all Michigan rookies in 2009-10 with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists), and led the team with seven power-play goals in 45 games. He was also named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Brown registered 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) and 183 penalty minutes in 125 regular season games during his three-year career with the Wolverines.
Prior to his career at Michigan, Brown played for the United States National Under-18 Team at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP). As an 18-year-old, he recorded 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) and a team-leading 120 penalty minutes in 62 games in 2008-09 and also ranked second on the team with 10 power play goals. He helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in North Dakota, collecting seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games.
In addition, Brown also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York, registering three points (two goals, one assist) in six games. Brown was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (36th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.