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Logan Brown Chooses Team USA Over Canada

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Windsor Spitfires 1998-born forward and potential first round draft pick in this summer's NHL Draft, Logan Brown has decided to play for the United States at this year's IIHF World U-18 Championships.

Brown, a 6'6" power forward, is the son of former NHLer Jeff Brown, and has dual-citizenship and a good deal of experience on both sides of the border. He played youth hockey in St. Louis and Indiana, while his dad coached in those locales. He skated at the NTDP Evaluation Camp two years ago, but ultimately opted to sign with Windsor in the OHL. Brown tried out for Canada's Ivan Hlinka Tournament team last summer, but was not selected.

The World U-18s are the first official IIHF sanctioned event, and suiting up for the United States means Brown will be locked in to playing for the United States internationally going forward.

Brown is a tremendous puckhandler for a 6'6" forward and excels at using his big frame to protect the puck and give himself space. NHL Central Scouting ranked him 14th among North American skaters in their mid-term draft rankings.