By Tom Timmermann St. Louis Post-Dispatch
TAMPA, Fla – Logan Brown has played 31 NHL games in five seasons, almost all with the Ottawa Senators.
He played his first with the Blues – and his first as a professional in a game that counted in his hometown of St. Louis – on Tuesday night and scored a goal that was integral to the Blues’ rally from a deficit. from 3-0 to a 4-3 victory in shootout.
âLast night was his first NHL game again,â Logan’s father, Jeff, former Blues defenseman, said Wednesday. âThere really was that sense of accomplishment. I am so proud. “
Logan could also feel something different.
âI attended countless games here growing up,” said Logan, “watching those games and playing for the AAA Blues. So wearing the real Blues sweater was really cool and special.
The game was a fresh start for Brown, and it will continue for a bit. He believes he’s in the lineup for at least the next three games as the Blues sort through their final batch of injuries. It’s a chance to show what a change of scenery can do for him and to advocate for him not to return to the AHL.
Brown, one of five St. Louis players to be selected in the first round of the 2016 Draft, struggled to be successful in the NHL. Injuries slowed his progress in Ottawa and his game wasn’t always there, although in 2019-20, the season he had the most playing time, the analyzes were mostly positive for him. When the Blues had to open up a salary cap space during training camp, they traded Zach Sanford in Ottawa for Brown, who makes the league minimum.