By Brian Stubits
Brouwer's rights were acquired by the Caps from Chicago at the draft a week and a half ago for Washington's first-round draft pick. Brouwer came over without a contract for next year, though, so a deal had to be worked out. But the fact that the Caps gave up a first-round selection to get him, you knew there was no chance they would let him walk away.
He will be a welcome sight in Washington as he brings a power game to the forward corps for the Caps. Much was made of Bruce Boudreau's transformation of the Capitals from a high-powered offensive machine that couldn't play a lick of defense to a responsible team in their own end that was subdued offensively. A player like Brouwer fits into the new mold and will help in the dirty department in D.C.
Brouwer, 25, scored 17 goals and had 19 assists last season with the Blackhawks, averaging 15 minutes per game of ice time. He is unlikely to be a top-six forward in Washington but will be a very nice contributor to the third line, if that is where he ends up.
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