After being a provider of consistent secondary scoring for the past several seasons, Troy Brouwer finally took a step back in 2016-17, posting 12 assists and 25 points -- both career lows -- along with a poor minus-11 rating. While he still managed 11 points while averaging a healthy 2:25 of ice time on the power play, the veteran forward saw reduced looks at five-on-five, as his 16:13 of average ice time was his lowest since the 2010-11 campaign. With the Flames' younger offensive talent continuing to emerge, Brouwer may continue transitioning into a steady bottom-six role, minimizing his value in most fantasy formats.
Brouwer will be exposed to the Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft, Eric Francis of Sportsnet reports. The alternate captain does have a modified no-trade clause in his contract, with two years remaining on the deal at $4.5 million. If Brouwer ends up in a Golden Knights sweater, the Vegas team will benefit from the winger's versatility and special teams acumen. This past season -- his first with Calgary -- Brouwer added 13 goals, 12 assists and 171 hits in 74 games.
Brouwer finished the 2016-17 campaign with only 13 goals and 25 points. The 31-year-old regressed in his debut in Alberta, as his goal, assist and point totals were all his lowest since his rookie season in 2008-09 with Chicago. Brouwer wasn't able to hold down the plum role on the team's top line next to studs Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau as many forecasted he would, but instead spent most of the year in the bottom six while averaging his lowest amount of ice time (16:13) since 2010-11. It's also worth mentioning that his 86 shots on goal were a career low, so his fantasy outlook heading into 2017-18 remains murky at best.
Brouwer went minus-2 in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks. The Flames were chased for three unanswered goals to end the game and goalie Chad Johnson left with a lower-body injury, so it was an all-around rough night for Calgary's hockey club. Brouwer remains an enigmatic offensive producer with only 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 72 games and none over the past four.
Brouwer registered a goal, an assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots, two hits, a minor penalty and a plus-2 rating during Friday's win over Florida. The two-point showing snapped a six-game scoring drought, and with just 10 goals and 21 points through 54 games, Brouwer is hardly moving the fantasy needle. Brouwer has struggled to find chemistry with linemates during his first season in Calgary, so until he begins to click offensively, you'll likely want to avoid him in the majority of seasonal leagues.
Brouwer has only managed two points in the last 15 games dating back to Dec. 20. The veteran winger was shelved for eight games during that stretch with a broken finger, but the issue is apparently behind him. Brouwer has received ample power-play time (2:11 on average) during that stretch, so it's not like the opportunities to produce haven't been there. With just 19 points in 49 games, the 31-year-old has failed to impress in his Calgary debut and will be hard-pressed to approach the 40-ish points he put up in each of the last three seasons.
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