Throughout his five full NHL seasons, Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer has had a lot of jobs: punishing body checker, versatile power forward, outspoken leader. But last season, he added another one to his résumé: finisher.
"Last year on my line, I was the shooter," Brouwer told NHL.com Thursday. "I've never been the outright guy on my line before."
While preparing for his first season as coach, Adam Oates saw enough from the 28-year-old while watching video of his final seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and his first season with the Capitals to trust him with an expanded offensive role. It paid off as Brouwer finished second on the team and nearly set career-highs -- he was on pace to do so over the course of a full season -- in both goals (19) and shots (111) in just 47 games.