Vancouver Canucks: Best Free-Agent Fits with the Sedins

Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is checked by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (36) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is checked by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (36) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Troy Brouwer

Essential info: 6-foot-3 / 213 lbs / RW / Shoots right / from Vancouver, B.C.

Career Stats: 613 GP / 150 G / 144 A / -5 plus-minus / 457 PIM

Last Season: 82 GP / 18 G / 21 A / 2 plus-minus / 62 PIM

Current Cap Hit: $3,666,667

Projected Salary Ask: $4.5-5 million

PROS

First off, he’s another hometown boy who has already expressed interest in joining the Canucks for the upcoming season. Troy Brouwer is only 30 years old and can typically be counted on for 20 goals (similar to Lucic, how many more might he amass on a line with two playmakers like the Sedins?).

He’s essentially the same size as Lucic — well, a little less hefty — and plays a similar brand of physical, hard-nosed hockey. Plus, if the Canucks opt to sign Brouwer instead of Lucic, they could use the savings to potentially sign other FAs. Additionally, Brouwer brings veteran leadership and playoff experience into a locker room where players under the age of 25 are the dominant group.

CONS

Seems like a perfect fit, really.

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