The Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues agreed to a minor trade that would send former 1st round pick Logan Brown and a conditional fourth-round pick to the Blues in return the Senators received Zach Sanford. Brown a 23-year-old from North Carolina has struggled so far in his 30 game NHL career and looks to have a career transformation back in the United States playing for the St. Louis Blues. The Senators get a more established NHL veteran in Sanford. The veteran of 209 NHL games has been in the league for four seasons now and is ready to take the next step in becoming a top player in the league.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 25, 2021
The 26-year-old native of Salem, Massachusetts hasn’t got the opportunity to play top-line minutes in the NHL as the Blues have been a contender his entire career. Joining the rebuilding Ottawa Senators Sanford looks to use a six-foot, four-inch frame to become an impactful player for his new team.
Logan Brown Career Overview
In the 2016 NHL entry draft, Brown had tons of hype surrounding his name after a fantastic 2015-2016 season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, US National Team of the USDP, and USA under 18 team in the World Juniors tournament. Scoring 21 goals and 53 assists for 74 points in 59 games for the Spitfires helped to qualify his team for the playoffs. He collected five assists in six games for the Spitfires during the playoffs. It was just the start and a solid building block for Brown as he went on to score four goals and collect nine assists for the Us National Team in nine games.
Brown’s third and final team of the 2015-2016 season was the USA under 18 team at the World Juniors Tournament. Putting perhaps his best stat line of the whole season together as put together three goals and nine assists in just seven contests.
The Ottawa Senators would draft him 11th overall in the 2016 NHL draft after the excellent seasons he put together in 2015-2016. Building off of the strong season and confidence of being a first-round pick just a few months previously Brown would score 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 35 games as an assistant captain for Windsor. He would help the Spitfires win the Memorial Cup in 2017 as he would get one goal and four assists in four games. Brown’s final season in the OHL would see him split his time between multiple leagues to start the season.
Logan Brown would start the 2017-2018 season by playing four games in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators getting his first NHL to assist and point. Following his short NHL stint, Brown would once again suit up for the Windsor Spitfires. In 15 regular-season games for the Spitfires Brown would post 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points. Following a mid-season trade, Brown would find himself playing for the Kitchener Rangers. Brown would play 17 regular-season games for the Rangers matching the production he had in Windsor.
His nine goals and 15 assists helped the Rangers reach the playoffs. Before being eliminated in the conference finals Brown and the Rangers would play in 19 playoffs games. Brown would have a ridiculous playoff stat line as he scored five goals and 22 assists.
He finally made his full-time professional debut. Brown would go on to split the next three seasons of his career between the NHL and AHL levels. In 94 games with the Belleville Senators Brown would collect 23 goals and 56 assists. In his limited 30 game NHL career, Brown has just one goal and eight assists.
Zach Sanford Career Overview
Surprisingly, Sanford’s NHL career didn’t start with the St. Louis Blues, instead, it began with the Washington Capitals. After being drafted 61st overall at the 2013 NHL draft the former Boston College Eagle wouldn’t have to wait long for his opportunity to play in the NHL. At 22 years old Sanford made his debut for the Capitals. Playing in 26 games he registered two goals and one assist. Following a midseason blockbuster trade that sent him and other assists to the Blues Sanford would play in 13 games for St. Louis.
He would improve his production as he scored two goals and three assists. Playing 39 games and producing eight points across two teams is not an ideal start for any NHL rookie but he showcased many skills that would make him an intriguing prospect going forward.
His next NHL call-up wouldn’t come until the 2018-2019 season where he cobbled together an eight-goal 12 assist campaign in 60 games as a 24-year-old. The cherry on top of this season was getting to play in eight NHL playoff games and beating his hometown team the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. During the 2019-2020 NHL season Sanford took what seemed like a leap towards NHL stardom as he improved his production to 16 goals and 14 assists in 58 games. Unfortunately, he would regress in the 2021 season back to 10 goals and six assists in 52 games.
Who wins the trade?
While this trade is far too early to decide a winner it hopefully will be beneficial for both franchises. Armed with a freshly signed one-year two million dollar contract and an expanded role Zach Sanford will have the real possibility of having a breakout season playing alongside the young talent the Senators possess. Nearing 27 years old Sanford should be entering his prime and becoming a leader for a Senators team trying to exit a rebuilding phase.
For the Blues, if Logan Brown can eventually reach the level of hype he had before and immediately after being drafted in the 2016 draft this will be a great pick-up for St. Louis. Standing at an enormous six-foot, six-inch Brown is an intimidating force on the ice with game-breaking playmaking skills. Brown should be able to win a center position out of camp and be able to show off these skills for his new fans.
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