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 April 2002
     
Inside the Ice Cats
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By Bill Ballou

For Blues fans, as well as IceCats fans, the most FAQ is "Who is the best prospect in Worcester?"
Nobody ever knows for sure until a player is actually in the NHL. So, if it is impossible to answer that FAQ, how about another one? Such as, which IceCat is the most underrated prospect in Worcester? That is an easy one. It's left wing Marc Brown.
Brown is a 3rd year player, and the third year is usually the key season for AHL prospects. Many are on three-year deals. By the 3rd year, they

 
are expected to have grown into the player scouts saw in college or junior. In his 3rd year, Brown is doing just that. He had 5 goals in a 7game stretch heading into the All Star break to put him over the 20 mark for the first time in his pro career. Brown leads the IceCats in shots on goal and has an excellent chance to set a franchise record in that category. If Brown has a shortcoming, it is that he doesn't have any one special marketable commodity. He isn't especially big
or particularly fast, not a great shot and doesn't fight well. Brown is the most reliable defensive forward, best on the team at making plays along the wall, rarely caught out of position, and seldom makes a costly mistake. Brown is the forward equivalent of Bryce Salvador, who never had great numbers in the minors, but was so solid fundamentally he was able to make the transition to the NHL very nicely. That kind of career track would work quite well for Marc Brown.
Ice Cat Awards
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Most Improved Player
Most Improved Player-Marc Brown: In his third season with the IceCats, left winger Marc Brown has overcome numerous injuries to make a large impact on the IceCats offense this season. Last Saturday night in the IceCats 5-0 win over Providence, he potted his career high 30th goal of the season. With a pair of assists on Wednesday, the White Rock, British Columbia native also registered career highs in assists (25) and points (55). Signed as a free agent in September of 1999.

 

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