Troy Brouwer Critical for Chicago Blackhawks Future Playoff Success

May 10th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Troy Brouwer is going through a tough stretch right now, but the Chicago Blackhawks need him to be active and on the ice in Tuesday night's Game Six against the Vancouver Canucks.

Brouwer had a fantastic break-out season in 2009-10 for the Blackhawks, establishing career highs in every statistical category. He jumped to 22 goals and 18 assists in the regular season, and was among the Blackhawks leaders in hits all season as well.

Throughout the season, Brouwer was consistently productive somewhere in the box score; if he didn't score, he'd hit a few people or block a couple shots. Most nights fans could count on Brouwer making an impact on the game somehow. That effort eventually matriculated Brouwer up from the fourth line to join Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the Hawks top line, where Brouwer exploded statistically while providing the physical presence the Hawks needed with their two young superstars.

However, at the beginning of April his father became ill and Brouwer took the final four games of the regular season off to be with his family.

He has not been the same since.

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