Last summer, many around the hockey world were shocked when they heard the news that the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues had made a blockbuster trade to send T.J Oshie to the nation’s capital, and Troy Brouwer to the Gateway. The trade opened up the ability for the Blues to re-sign then-restricted free agent, Vladimir Tarasenko to a massive 8-year, $60 million deal, all while the Capitals gained a valuable asset to add to their top line with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
When the trade first happened, many felt that the Washington Caps were the clear winners of the trade due to the fact that they were replacing a second/third line guy in Brouwer with a top line winger in T.J. Oshie. While Oshie may be the bigger offensive threat on a given night than Troy Brouwer, this trade has helped catapult both teams to incredible success throughout the 2015-2016 regular season (Caps won the President’s Trophy) as well as some postseason success (both teams currently playing in the conference semifinals).
Looking back on the trade now, both Troy Brouwer and T.J. Oshie have proven to be great additions to their teams and the trade has not benefitted just one side like many thought it would. Oshie is coming off of a hat trick as well as the game-winning overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington’s 4-3 game one victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals while Brouwer scored the game-winning goal for the Blues in their 3-2 game seven victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Brouwer has been able to do more than just replace the void of T.J. Oshie on the Blues’ top line alongside David Backes and Alexander Steen, as he and Backes have developed some significant chemistry and have worked extremely well together due to their similar styles of hard-hitting and two-way play.
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Adding T.J Oshie to the top line in Washington was destined to bring success to the Caps due to the high power and scoring capabilities of Oshie, Ovechkin, and Backstrom, but maybe the most impressive part of this trade from last offseason is the way it has worked out positively for St. Louis. Before the 2016 postseason, people saw the Blues as a lackluster franchise who were unable to get it done when it mattered and were never able to put together the right team despite all of the talent that they’ve possessed in the past. Troy Brouwer has proven to be more than just a valuable asset to the Blues, but most importantly, this 2015 offseason move has become what many deem as “a good hockey trade,” as both sides have end up benefitting from the play of Oshie and Brouwer in 2015-2016.