Ottawa Senators fans woke up to some bad news this morning. Forward Connor Brown is out indefinitely with a broken jaw. He took a puck to the face in warmups yesterday before the game against the Calgary Flames. He played the entire game, even scoring a goal.
During warmup last night in Calgary a shot from Chabot came off the crossbar and hit Connor Brown in the face. He played the game but later they discovered he had a broken jaw.
— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) January 14, 2022
Connor Brown Out With Broken Jaw
Brown has been a significant forward for the Senators this season. Playing an average of nearly 20 minutes per game, he’s been a factor on both the power play and penalty kill. In 26 games this season, he’s scored five goals and registered 14 assists to combine for 19 points. While his possession numbers aren’t great, they’ve certainly improved from last season. He has a 47.9 Corsi For percentage and a 4.2 relative Corsi, a 6 point jump in that category. Over his seven year career, Brown has spent three years in Ottawa, and the other four with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In that time, he’s played in 406 games, scored 85 goals and dished out 111 assists, combining for 196 points. Interestingly, his career plus/minus is exactly 0.
How This Affects Ottawa
Connor Brown is sixth in goals, third in assists, and fourth in points on the Senators this season. For a team that’s already struggling to light the lamp (29th in the league in goals scored), losing Brown is significant. The right winger also holds the title for highest average time on ice for all forwards this season. With him out of commission, players like Tim Stutzle, Tyler Ennis, and Alex Formenton will need to step up. Even though the Senators likely won’t make the playoffs, they still have time to improve their younger players.