The 27 year old has really found a home in DC, becoming one of the teams best scoring threats. While he played on the second line, he had no trouble finding the back of the net. Brouwer is one of the more physical players on the team, recording 108 hits in the regular season. He has really developed into a player similar to Brooks Laich, someone who is capable of doing everything for the team.
At the beginning of the season, I stated on more than one occasion that Brouwer should be on the first line with Ovie and Backstrom. He has a very similar style to Mike Knuble, who excelled on the top line with those two for a couple of years. That first line needs somebody who will crash the net and score the garbage goals, and that guy is not Marcus Johansson. Brouwer can win board battles and make his way to the front of the net to 1) screen the goaltender, something the Caps lack and 2) put away any rebound that is made. It would work perfectly. Let Backstrom find the open Ovie, let Ovie fire one to the net, and if that doesn’t go in, then Brouwer is there to finish it.
That being said, Brouwer can clearly create his own opportunities. He had the second most power play goals with seven, and had the second highest shooting percentage with 17.1. He is one of those players that is smart enough to play on the first line, skilled enough to play on the second, and has the tenacity to play on the third. Every team needs a Brouwer.