Caps Trade 1st Pick to Hawks for Cup Winner Brouwer

June 24, 2011 | Ed Frankovic

If you read my blog from last night, you knew that Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee was not a fan of this NHL draft and I suggested he might trade his first round pick. Well GMGM did just that sending the 26th pick in the 2011 NHL draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Troy Brouwer. Brouwer is a left wing that shoots right, but more importantly, he is a big guy (6′ 2″, 214 lbs.) who goes to the net. He has scored a total of 39 goals over the past two seasons and he was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup winning Hawks club. The 25 year old from Vancouver was picked in the 7th round of the 2004 NHL Draft (214th overall).

I really like this trade as Brouwer adds a physical net presence to the club and he also brings playoff winning experience, something the Capitals sorely need. He was an important piece to the Hawks title run and NBC analyst Eddie Olcyzk, who also regularly covers the Blackhawks for Comcast, routinely praised him. Brouwer is a restricted free agent who made $1.05M last season ($1.025M salary cap hit) and was likely dealt because he wants more money and Chicago is salary cap strapped.