At the age of 30, Troy Brouwer is setting new career highs in the playoffs.
In the Blues’ 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, tying the Western Conference Final at two games apiece, Brouwer scored twice and is up to seven goals altogether in these playoffs.
He had scored a total of seven goals in his previous 78 career playoff games. His greatest point total in a single post-season before 2016? Eight points, back in 2009-10 when he was with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“With what (Blues GM Doug Armstrong) expected from me when he traded for me, telling me that my season was going to be judged on how I handled myself, how I played in the playoffs, down the stretch. When you have expectations like that on you, you want to perform your best. For me, I’ve been able to have some great responsibilities all throughout the season, earning the coaches’ and the players’ trust, being put in some really good situations for myself.”
What he’s doing in the playoffs this year could certainly gain the attention of other GMs in the summer. As per General Fanager, Brouwer is a pending UFA, in the final year of a three-year, $11 million deal.
Beyond the top tier of players available, though, the Canucks would be well-served to take a long, hard look at Troy Brouwer, who seemingly checks off many of the boxes on the team’s current wish list.
A North Delta native, Brouwer is a local who has his name on the Stanley Cup (with Chicago in 2010). He brings a wealth of playoff experience and has added to that this spring playing a key role helping St. Louis reach the Western Conference final.
He is a right shot right-winger. He’s big, he’s versatile, he’s durable — having missed just one game over the past five seasons — and most important, he has quietly put together an accomplished resumé as an NHL goal-scorer.