I probably like Brouwer much more than some of my Hawk friends... so take that in consideration with this post.
I think Brouwer is a versatile player. He was good, for the most part, with Toews and Kane and is a good third-wheel option on a top line. He hits a ton (although not too many of them are huge ones), he has a good shot, has worked on his skating a lot and isn't too terrible defensively.
He's more of a 3rd line player by definition, but he's got enough scoring knack to be okay on a scoring line. He hits, he grinds and can work a cycle game and post up in front of goalies well.
He didn't fit on the Hawks going forward, and that's why we moved him. He was reportedly asking for 2.5 mil, which is too much from a Hawks perspective.
I hope he does well in Washington and can find a niche on your team. He is a nice piece to have... but probably not worth a 1st rounder.
I love it - If GMGM keeps the pick and drafts one of the Russians the boards complain he's soft and GMGM doesn't value hitting.
GMGM trades for a physical player - a little overpayment but not brutal - and people complain and bash his cup and being top 5 in the league in hitting - I AM SOOO confused
The guy that picked 26th - is a hard worker character guy who will probably be a bottom 6 guy according to tsn guys in 3 or 4 years.
people complain GMGM is constantly rebuilding then bash him for a legit NHL player. I am not a koolaid GMGM guy or an antiGMGM guy but alot of you should just say you are never going to evaluate the deal on merit just hate it because it's GMGM - the WAPost comments is even worse