UPDATE : Various media outlets are reporting that Brouwer WILL SIT for game 3 in Vancouver tonight. Look for Dustin Byfuglien to skate on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Jordan Hendry will take Buff's spot on the blue line.
This is an opinion I hate to have. Troy Brouwer was one of the Hawks biggest and best surprises of the regular season. His 22 goals were good for 5th on the team, but he's been absolutely terrible in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In eight playoff games this season, Brouwer has 0 points and is a team worst -5. He's hardly been on the ice (only 9:27 a game), so that -5 is REALLY amplified. The only noticeable impact he's made in these playoffs have been his terrible defensive zone turnovers...including one that lead directly to the game winning goal for the Nashville Predators in game one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
In fairness, his father suffered a brain hemmorage towards the end of the regular season. Brouwer spent some time away from the team, and it's safe to assume that those difficulties are weighing on him.
If the Hawks can get Brouwer going somehow, it makes them that much better. However, every playoff game is so critical, the Hawks can't afford to wait for him to improve. Bryan Bickell would be the logical choice to replace Brouwer, but Jack Skille, Colin Fraser or Kyle Beach could be options as well.
Whoever it is, it has to be a better option than Brouwer at this point.