Caps acquire Troy Brouwer

Updated: June 25, 2011, 1:49 AM ET

The Washington Capitals acquired winger Troy Brouwer from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in exchange for the 26th overall pick in the first round.

"I'm very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization," Brouwer said in a team release. "They are consistently one of the top teams in the NHL and I look forward to helping them reach the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Brouwer had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 79 games for the Blackhawks last season. He underwent surgery to repair a right shoulder tear during May.

"It's tough to leave Chicago," Brouwer wrote in a text message to "Happy for everything they have done for my career, bringing me into NHL, but excited for new challenge."

The 25-year-old was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL draft. He scored a career-high 22 goals during the 2009-10 season.

Brouwer's departure could open the door for some of the younger players in the Blackhawks' system.

"The time comes when you have to make room for new players whether it be Kyle Beach or Jeremy Morin or alot of guys in our system that play a similiar game to Troy," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said.

The Hawks selected Phillip Danault, a winger from Victoriaville, Quebec, with the pick acquired in the Brouwer trade.

"We added a first round pick," Bowman said. "It's not easy to do that these days the way they are valued around the league."

Information from's Jesse Rogers was used in this report.