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09-10-2012, 10:54 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
Weight: 190 lbs
How Acquired: Selected 6th overall, 2006 NHL draft.
Analysis: Another one of the high draft picks brought up through our system, many may argue that Brassard came into the NHL too early. Even so, he has turned into a serviceable (if not dominant) second/third line type center, something that can't be said for many other high profile players brought up by this franchise. Brassard burst onto the scene full-time for the Jackets in 2008-09, scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace before a season ending shoulder injury derailed what may have been a Calder Trophy type year for Brass. Missing out on nearly an entire year of development certainly could not have helped, as he was not quite the same player after the injury, and has at times struggled to earn quality ice time. Brassard is the type of player that, with competitive, quality, leadership type players around him, could see a U-turn in his young career, which would certainly help offset the loss of captain Rick Nash.
Pros: Hands, high end playmaking skill, underrated shot
Cons: Injury issues, consistency question marks, hefty contract for low production
Realistic Expectations: I would love nothing more than to see Derick bounce back and have a career year this season, but it's little more than a pipe dream at this point. At times, he looks like he's capable of being a Nicklas Backstrom type center, able to set up plays with ease and score at will - and at other times, he's completely invisible on the ice. Perhaps playing alongside a guy like Nick Foligno can help get his career back on track, as Foligno is a player that Brassard played very similar to before his shoulder issues. If these guys can develop some kind of chemistry, we could have a decent scoring line. Brassard is capable of being a major contributor on this team, and I would be very happy with a 50-60 point season from him this year - something that is by no means out of reach. I wouldn't be surprised if he misses those totals completely however - be it less or more. Either way, this season has to be viewed as a turning point in his career, and may decide whether or not he can be a first line player in this league.
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