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03-28-2012, 09:21 PM
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He is likely to spend the rest of this season with the Lightning in the NHL and he will be a strong candidate to stick with the team next season. He is lauded for his speed, grit, and shot, and was arguably the most sought after NCAA free agent remaining after University of Western Michigan junior defenseman Danny DeKeyser made the decision to stay in school.
Brown, 21, of Burnsville, Minn., agreed to a contract worth $832,500 if playing in the NHL and $70,000 in the minor leagues, plus a $92,500 signing bonus each year. He will make about $5,000 per day the rest of the NHL regular season, which will count as the first year of his contract, but isn’t eligible for the league playoffs. The Lightning have six regular-season games remaining the next 10 days.
“It came down to having the right opportunity and the right fit with the right team,” Brown said from Chicago, where he had met with a handful of teams Wednesday.
“He plays hard both ways, he’s aggressive, he has speed, moves the puck, has a scoring knack and is a clutch performer. He played his absolute best in the Frozen Four last year,” said Tampa Bay senior adviser to the general manager Tom Kurvers, a former UMD All-American defenseman, who watched the Bulldogs 14 times this season. “His competitiveness is so noticeable and he has a little evil streak, which he’s learned to control.

“He’s gotten better the last two years and his time in Duluth was well spent.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have signed J.T. He was the premier free agent in college hockey. (General manager) Steve Yzerman got a chance to watch him, and liked him, and we wanted to get J.T. on our team.”
“J.T. is modest. He’s not the kind to brag. He’s not one to be in the spotlight,” Ted Brown, a juvenile probation officer for Ramsey County in St. Paul, told the News Tribune in 2010. “He’s heard so much about shortcomings, about not being big enough, and there were naysayers who wondered why an Afro-American would want to be playing hockey. But he didn’t bow to that, he worked harder and has improved. He’s shown he can pass the puck, he can play defense and he can score goals. He’s most happy when the team wins.”
“He’s a shooter who is extremely fast on his skates,” Oleksuk said of Brown. “When he’s at his best, there aren’t a whole lot of players who can keep up.

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