T.J. Oshie was a very popular player with the St. Louis Blues. Troy Brouwer is fully aware of that, but he hopes the fan base will accept him for the player that he is.
Brouwer was acquired by the Blues from the Washington Capitals, along with goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, on July 2 for Oshie.
"I'm not going to try and be Oshie," Brouwer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's got his following. He's one great player and he deserves every jersey that's out there in the stands. But sometimes you just have to move on, and I'm hoping that I can be an exciting player for the fans to cheer for as well."
Brouwer, who had 43 points in back-to-back seasons for the Capitals, brings a winning pedigree to St. Louis; he helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010. Brouwer has played 78 Stanley Cup Playoff games; Oshie has played 30.
St. Louis won the Central Division last season, but lost in the opening round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild.
"I know there's a lot of great players on the Blues," Brouwer said. "They've all won at different levels, so guys know how to do it. Sometimes if you're kind of stuck getting to that next level, you have a little doubt. I haven't met any of the guys, so I don't know what it's like in the locker room. I don't want to come in and just starting talking and try to impose what I want to say. But I'm going to find my way within the team and learn where I fit.
"I feel like I've got some great experience that I can bring in certain situations and try and help the guys through tough situations. I hope that I can come in and be a guy that helps push us over the edge. But I don't think one person is going to be able to make the team all of the sudden start winning. When guys are confident and know what their place is within the organization, everyone can just go out and play and not have to worry about other people."