Troy Brouwer (Right Wing) - Midseason Grade: D+
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I held out hope for the entire season that Brouwer would turn it around. I was alright with his start to the year prior to his finger injury but he never got back to even that form. Of course the rhetoric we heard all season was that he was a “playoff performer” or a “good guy in the dressing room”. But when your prized offseason acquisition becomes such an anchor that he plays on the fourth line at $4.5 million per season, that’s a complete fail. The only hope I’m holding is that he’ll somehow get taken by the Golden Knights or that this season was just a massive divergence from his career norm.
Brouwer was hands down the worst forward on the Flames this season. His play was atrocious. Despite being gifted a boatload of ice time at 5-on-5 as well as 1st unit powerplay minutes, he contributed just 25 points. As I wrote toward the end of the season, he dragged down the play of every single one of his teammates, especially Kris Versteeg and Sam Bennett, who were completely different players when away from Brouwer. Apparently he is a great leader, but I’m sure there were other leaders the Flames could have brought on that would have played much better and cost a lot less. He’s going to be 32 at the start of the next season, so things are likely only going to get worse. He’s the third highest paid forward on the Flames and is signed for 3 more years. Brad Treliving has done very well in his tenure as GM of the Calgary Flames, but this was a massive mistake.
There’s only 1 Flames player that deserves an F IMO and luckily for Troy Brouwer his name isn’t Dennis Wideman. Brouwer came in as the gritty veteran with playoff experience who could help the Flames reach that next level. HA! This season was Brouwer’s worst point total since he played 10 games in 2006-07 and had 0 points, but it might as well have been the same. He was miserable on the PP, yet for some reason he kept getting minutes out there. If the Flames can sucker someone into a trade or Las Vegas sees something no one else does, maybe the Flames can relieve themselves of Brouwer.
There was not a single forward on the team that had a better Corsi for percentage with Troy Brower than without Troy Brouwer. Brouwer literally played worse with every single linemate that he had even when he was only out there for a minute by accident with them. His performance was bloody awful and given his no trade clause it’s unlikely the Flames ever manage to get rid of him unless the Las Vegas Golden Knights take him for some inexplicable reason.
If he isn’t taken, the Flames should consider a buyout. It would be 1.5 million dollars for six years to get rid of him. Regardless of whether or not they buy him out, he should not be on the roster next year and it’s doubtful he’s even an above-average A.H.L. player at this point. Sorry Stockton.
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