Capitals breakdown: Troy Brouwer

Capitals breakdown: Troy Brouwer
May 30, 2013, 8:00 am
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CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2012-13 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Troy Brouwer

Troy Brouwer

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

Age: 27

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 217

Games: 47

Goals: 19

Assists: 14

Points: 33

Penalty minutes: 28

Plus-Minus: Minus-5

Average Ice Time: 18:32

Contract Status: 3 years remaining on 3-year, $11 million contract extension [$3.66 million cap hit] 

Strengths: Brouwer has blossomed into one of the NHL’s top power forwards and has quickly developed into one of the team’s most outspoken leaders. He has missed just one game in his two seasons with the Caps and has missed just eight games in his past four NHL seasons. Prorated over an 82-game season Brouwer’s 19-goal season would have equated to a career-high 33 goals, substantial production for a second-line right wing behind Alex Ovechkin. Brouwer also finished second behind Ovechkin in hits [108], even-strength goals [11] and power-play goals [7]. He also led the Caps with five game-winning goals.

Weaknesses: Brouwer improved on his plus-minus rating, going from a minus-15 last season to a minus-5 this season, but much of that could also fall on the shoulders of Mike Ribeiro, who can be a liability in his own end. Brouwer also came up small in the playoffs for a second straight spring, recording one goal and one assist in seven games while managing 13 shots. Last year Brouwer had two goals and two assists and 22 shots in 14 playoff games. 

Memorable Moment: No one has ever accused Brouwer of hiding his feelings. Back in February, before Alex Semin’s first game in Washington as a member of the Hurricanes, Brouwer was asked about his former teammate. “Some nights you didn’t even know if he was going to come to the rink,” Brouwer said. “It’s tough to play alongside guys like those because you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of them.” Brouwer also showed a humorous side at a season ticket-holder event when he broke into a Gangnam Style dance – in skates.

2013-14 Expectations: It was a bit of surprise last summer when the Capitals announced they’d signed Brouwer to a three-year contract extension for a reasonable cap hit of $3.66 million. The deal showed Brouwer’s commitment to Washington and with a full schedule on the horizon the hard-hitting winger should be able to reach the 30- to 35-goal mark. Like most of his teammates, Brouwer will be judged on his playoff contributions and they’ll need to increase if the Caps hope to go deep.