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Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 44 Days

In today's edition of the countdown, we take a look at a Texas born Coyote who made a splash at the end of last season and is now primed to make a big impact this year.

Perry Nelson

Wearing No. 44, Flower Mound, Texas native Chris Brown has had a meteoric rise through the Phoenix Coyotes' system. Drafted in the 2nd round (36th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he played three seasons at the University of Michigan, one of which earned him a spot on the Bronze medal winning 2011 U.S. World Junior Championships team.

After graduating from Michigan, Brown earned a spot with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League, which was bad news for the rest of the league. In his first season, Brown scored 29 times and added an additional 18 assists in 68 games played. He would also score a goal and an assist in the Pirates' brief playoff run.

His offensive prowess in the AHL got him a call-up to Phoenix late in the 2013 season. His NHL debut was on March 4th, 2013 against the Anaheim Ducks. He would come back a month later and play four more games with the parent club before heading back down to Portland. In his 5 games with the Coyotes, Brown's only appearance on the scoresheet was 2 penalty minutes, but he never saw more than 11 minutes of ice time, and he only entered double digits in TOI once.

Next season looks to be far more promising for Brown. At 6' 3", 200 lbs, Brown has good size compared to some of the other players that will be competing for roster spots. He demonstrated that he can score in bunches in limited time down in the AHL, and with a full training camp this season, Brown will have a few weeks to gel with the NHL regulars and prove that he deserves to stay at the top level of professional hockey.