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Numbers Game: Caps add power with Brouwer

Scott Cullen
6/24/2011 10:51:41 PM
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The Washington Capitals made a pre-emptive strike to add a physical forward with a scoring touch.

Numbers Game looks at the Troy Brouwer deal.

The Capitals Get: RW Troy Brouwer.

Brouwer, 25, is a hard-hitting winger who doesn't have the best wheels, but has the size and hands to finish around the net, scoring 39 goals over the last two seasons.

While Brouwer has some scoring upside, he can be a factor even when he's not scoring, ranking fifth in the league with 262 hits last season.

The unfortunate part of that equation is that Brouwer goes through spells when he's not scoring and, at least in Chicago, he's shuffled back-and-forth from a scoring role to a checking role rather frequently.

Brouwer ended the 2010-2011 season with no goals in his last 29 games, including playoffs, and he's surely capable of providing more consistent production.

In Washington, Brouwer has a chance to provide insurance in case the Capitals lose Brooks Laich to free agency. Though Brouwer may not be Laich's all-around equal, he can play a similar yet more physical role, has a Stanley Cup ring, can play the power play and do it at a reasonable price.

A restricted free agent, Brouwer was a $1.025-million cap hit last season and while he'll get more this season.

The Blackhawks Get: A first-round pick.

With the 26th pick, the Blackhawks selected left-winger Phillip Danault, a hard-working winger who had 67 points and a plus-17 rating in 64 games. He's several years away from contributing, but adds organizational depth in the meantime.

Chicago could afford, in some respects, to let Brouwer go because they have some relatively inexpensive depth on the wings that may be able to produce at Brouwer's (20-goal) level, if not necessarily play the same kind of physical role.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.



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