The Capitals have acquired the rights to forward Troy Brouwer from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The trade was first reported by the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.

Brouwer, 25, is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. His previous contract was a two-year deal worth $2,050,000 according to CapGeek.com.

The left wing finished fifth in the league in hits with 262 and recorded 36 points (17 goals) in 79 games during the 2010-11 regular season.

According to a team spokesman, General Manager George McPhee won’t be available for comment until after the conclusion of the first round of the draft tonight at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.