The Mike Brown era came to an end this season as the forward was put on waivers and eventually claimed by the Montreal Canadiens. Brown played 104 games with the Sharks, just eight shy of tying his career-long 112 game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brown scored three goals and eight points while with the Sharks and notched three of those points in the 2015-16 season. He took 160 minutes worth of penalties and was a liability pretty much every time he was on the ice.
Billed as a tough and gritty competitor, Brown supposedly made the Sharks in ways that we can’t see by looking at a scoresheet or spreadsheet. You might ask why anyone would want a player that doesn’t make a tangible difference to the outcome of a hockey game, but that’s a question for an NHL general manager and not some nerd at a computer.
2015-16 Sharks 5v5 Forward Usage Chart (via Corsica Hockey):
ZSR: Zone Start Ratio; The percentage of non-neutral zone starts that are offensive zone starts (OZS/(OZS + DZS))
TOI.QoT: Time On Ice Quality of Teammates; The weighted average TOI% of a player’s teammates
Rel.CF%: Individual corsi-for percentage subtracted by the team’s overall corsi-for percentage.
Mike Brown Hero Chart (via Own The Puck):
Here lies the last Mike Brown goal while wearing a Sharks jersey