On a purely selfish level -- and what other level can there be? -- having Brouwer around is great but he's a good quote and pretty accessible. So I'm happy with that. Now, as for it does for the team, it's another matter. Troy Brouwer isn't going to turn this team around. He is, at this point in his career, a piece of the machine. He is a role player. Now, right now, there is a role the Blues need: Someone to get in front of the net. Now, doing that on the fourth line doesn't mean as much as doing it on the first line, since they generate more chances, and maybe in time Brouwer works his way into a top six role by default. If they don't start scoring soon, that may happen, because anyone who hasn't been there yet short of MacEachern and de la Rose will get a chance.
It will be interesting how Brouwer's spot plays out. At some point, Kyrou will get a callup. Walker will go down. Steen is back in 10 days or so, if he's on schedule. (He seemed to be walking fine when I saw him outside the dressing room the other day, but hockey requires a little more than that.) When Steen's back, de la Rose takes a seat. (Assuming they can find someone to center the fourth line.) Then Blais gets back in another two months. That right now looks like the time when a decision would have to be made, unless someone else gets hurt. I asked Brouwer if he would go down to the minors. He didn't say no, but that also clearly wasn't in his plans. But that's two months from now, and an awful lot can happen between now and then.