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08-12-2012, 05:34 PM
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D Eric Brewer

6'3, 222
Shoots Left
Vernon, BC, Canada

2002 Olympic Gold Medal
Played in 2003 World Championship All-Star
2003, 2004, 2007 World Championship Gold Medal
2004 World Cup Champion
St. Louis Blues Captain 2008-2011

66 G, 165 A, 231 Pts in 840 NHL GP
2 G, 0 A, 2 Pts in 6 Olympic GP
5 G, 11 A, 16 Pts in 41 World Championship GP
1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts in 6 World Cup GP

Hockey Forecaster
Has great size and leadership qualities. Moves well laterally and carries a good shot from the point. Can log big minutes.
Legends of Hockey
Brewer was drafted fifth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. One year later, he made his NHL debut on October 10, 1998 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On November 5, he scored his first goal against the Carolina Hurricanes' Trevor Kidd. Brewer played 63 games that rookie season. In 99-2000, Brewer played 26 games at the NHL level before he was traded with Josh Green and a second-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Roman Hamrlík. In his first season, he co-led the Oilers with a +15 plus/minus rating and had 21 points.

Over the course of the next three seasons with Edmonton, Brewer showed the poise and the leadership of a seasoned veteran, bettering his offensive totals each season. In 2003-04, Brewer had his fourth consecutive 20 plus point season with the Oilers before he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2005 as part of the Chris Pronger trade.

In St. Louis, Brewer provided the Blues with solid, if unspectacular play from the back end. His steady play and calm demeanor made him a natural leader for the young Blues team and on February 8, 2008 he was named the nineteenth captain in franchise history.
The Puck Stops Here
Brewer is an interesting player. He was once thought of as a star defenceman of the future. He has played internationally for Team Canada including in the 2002 Olympics. He never really developed into an offensive defenceman as it was hoped. Nevertheless coach Guy Boucher has found a useful role for him in Tampa.

Brewer began to fizzle a bit in his role in his later Edmonton and his St Louis Blues days. He was a failed frontline defenceman who was providing more of a depth role. His career has been partially resuscitated in Tampa.

Brewer is the counterpart to Marc-Andre Bergeron. While Bergeron is used predominantly in offensive situations where he can be useful while minimizing his defensive failings, Brewer plays the defensive shifts. The combination of Brewer and Bergeron is essentially the equivalent of on all star level defenceman except that it takes two roster spots.

Brewer is the best defensive defenceman on the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has some offensive ability, though his career best of 29 points shows he is not truly a top offensive defenceman. That offensive ability is partially sacrificed in this role - though he did score 21 points this year (with only one goal).

Tampa coach Guy Boucher gets a lot of credit for taking two defencemen in Marc-Andre Bergeron and Eric Brewer and using them successfully in their roles. He has done a good job getting the most out of these players. They have complementary roles.Brewer’s defensive skills allow Bergeron to roam offensively.

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