ST. LOUIS - Blues GM Doug Armstrong was busy Thursday, making a blockbuster deal that brought Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer to the Blues in exchange for T.J. Oshie.
The Blues also acquired goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick in 2016 in the deal.
“Obviously making a trade of this magnitude is difficult for an organization,” Armstrong said. “We drafted T.J. years ago, he’s been part of our group and it’s difficult to say goodbye. But also, we’re excited to bring Troy into our group.”
|Troy Brouwer |
Brouwer, 29, tied a career high with 43 points (including a career-best 22 assists) last season with Washington. He also had three assists in 14 postseason appearances.
“He plays the way the Blues are looking to play moving forward,” Armstrong added. “You can put him on the right wing with any of the three centermen. He’s played up the lineup in Washington and also played a third-line role. He’s very effective on the power play and an iron man - he doesn’t miss many games. This trade allows us to go in a little bit of a different direction.”
Brouwer is a nine-year NHL veteran and has 255 points (132 goals, 123 assists) in 531 career games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and has spent the last four seasons with the Capitals, where he has served as an assistant captain since 2011.
“I’m an honest player, a guy that works hard and I’ve got some skill,” Brouwer said. “I can make some plays, been able to score some goals. I’m a big body, big power forward. I like playing in front of the net and in the corners. I play a hard-nosed game. I will fight when I need to. I like to feel like I’m a pretty well-rounded player with the ability to score 20, 25, hopefully 30 goals while also still being able to finish my checks and be a very reliable guy for the Blues.”
“He comes with a high recommendation from former teammates and people that we know,” Armstrong added. “He’s a strong character person. He’s a Stanley Cup champion, he’s been on some very good teams in Washington and I think that size is something you can’t teach. You look at our conference, you have to play with size and you have to play with weight. I certainly think this makes us a more difficult team to play against.”
Copley, 23, dressed in 26 regular season games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears last season, posting a 17-4-3 record along with a 2.17 goals-against average, a .925 save-percentage and three shutouts.
Oshie spent his entire seven-year career with the Blues after the club drafted him in the first round (24th overall) in 2005. In 443 career regular season games, Oshie has accumulated 310 points (110 goals and 200 assists).
“From a player’s perspective, coming to St. Louis, I’m excited about it,” Brouwer said. “(They have) good players to play with and a good organization. I’m excited and I’ve heard nothing but good things - both where this organization is headed and where it wants to go.”