With the addition of Troy Brouwer, the Capitals have found the perfect compliment for Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin on the second line, as he brings the physical presence and grit that his two linemates lack.
Brouwer is capable of scoring (he has 39 goals in his last two seasons), and would create space for his two highly skilled linemates with his big frame and hard-charging style.
Last season, no Capitals rookie raised more eyebrows down the stretch than Marcus Johansson, who was one of the team's most consistent performers in big games. After a 27-point rookie campaign, the speedy Swede notched six points in nine Playoff games, solidifying himself as a top-nine center on a stacked Caps squad.
Alexander Semin enters the season with a lot of question marks next to his name, especially after Matt Bradley publicly criticized Semin for his lack of effort during the Playoffs, so he should be ready to prove doubters wrong with a 35-40 goal campaign. If not, he'll be involved in countless trade rumors as the season moves on.
This line has all the pieces in place to be an elite level scoring unit, especially if Semin learns to use his teammates a little bit better. Brouwer could score 25 if his linemates are playing up to their potential, and if this trio gets rolling, the Capitals offensive output will be closer to that of 2009-10, when they lead the league in goals.