ST. PAUL, Minn. | When the Capitals traded for Troy Brouwer on Friday night at the draft, the reviews were widely positive. The gritty right wing earned praise from Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, Panthers GM Dale Tallon (who drafted Brouwer with Chicago), several observers and of course, George McPhee.
But there was one detail that appeared to be a bit of a red flag: the fact that Brouwer had surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder back in May. On Saturday afternoon at the completion of the draft, McPhee said he wasn’t concerned about that being a problem.
“We had our doctor check it out before we came here, before we made the commitment. Our doctor talked to [the Blackhawks’] doctor,” McPhee said. “In our league now if you’re a competitive guy you’re gonna need some repairs at the end of the season from time to time.”
McPhee expects Brouwer to be ready for training camp in September. The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent, but McPhee didn’t seem at all worried about bringing him back.