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04-05-2013, 10:34 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Fleming Island, Fl
Brassard has been somewhat of an enigma in Columbus, that's for sure. What's also certain is that Columbus, as an organization, seems to thrive on making enigmas out of high draft picks: Zherdev, Filatov, Brassard, Leclair, Picard, etc... Brassard was a 6th overall pick and has tons of pressure/expectations (like all high CBJ draft picks do because of that franchise's lack of success) since he was added to the team.
Brassard has talent and I'm not going liken his hockey IQ with that of Gomez, who's about as sharp as a grapefruit out there, but I think there's a chance he can flourish here. He's not going to be viewed the same way. The pressure here is on Richards, Nash, Lundqvist and even Callahan. Not so much on Brassard. And, I've seen stranger things than guys who really put it together after age 24 (have a look at Zdeno Chara, Dupuis, Adam Graves, etc..)
Gaborik was done here and what we got back will help this team more than Gaborik could and this point.
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