PHILADELPHIA | Troy Brouwer was supposed to add not just a physical presence to the Capitals but a major scoring touch. He was put on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom for a reason.
Brouwer has just one point through five games, and he’s not satisfied with himself.
“I feel I’ve been playing solid. Not wowing anyone right now. I’ve only got one goal – one point in the first five games,” Brouwer said. “On a personal note, that’s a little unacceptable for me, especially with who I’m playing with. They need me to get going and in turn that’ll help them with their starts and with their games.
“I expect a lot better out of myself so far.”
Coach Bruce Boudreau agreed, but he made a point to say he didn’t bring up the subject of Brouwer scoring.
“If he could score a couple goals would be nice. Other than that, he’s hitting people, he’s defending, he’s doing his job,” Boudreau said. “It’s like anything else, you’d like to be able to see guys score. But I’m not sitting there saying this and then putting pressure on him to score. You’re asking that question.”
Thursday night’s game at the Flyers seems a perfect time for Brouwer to break out. The 26-year-old right wing knows Philadelphia well from the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
Brouwer has three assists in three-regular season games vs. the Flyers – who he called a “tough, gritty team.”
“I know the players very well; I know how they play. And it’s a good type of hockey for me,” Brouwer said. “I like that bump-and-grinding type of hockey. And so it gets you into the game. For a player like me, I get to battle in the corners, do what makes me successful.”