Sure, he has yet to register a power-play point through seven games, but at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, Brouwer gives the Capitals the net presence that has been missing.
That's why Brouwer's power-play unit has converted on three of its four scoring chances, while the unit of Backstrom-Laich-Ovechkin-Semin-Green is only one for seven.
Improving the man advantage is nothing new for Brouwer. During his last two years in Chicago, the power-play unit saw more goals per 60 minutes (GF/60) and a better shooting percentage when he was on the ice than it did when he was off it.
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If Brouwer continues to take up residence in the front of the net, Washington's power play will once again intimidate opposing teams just as it did a few short years ago.
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