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04-05-2013, 12:27 PM
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As in the Brassard thread, here is the Columbus Dispatch grade for Dorsett concerning last season.

MAY 8, 2012
Report Card: Dorsett
The latest in our post-season player report cards:

Derek Dorsett

Age: 25

Position: right wing

Contract status: Restricted free agent on July 1

Year in review: One could make a legitimate argument that Dorsett was the Blue Jackets MVP this season. Certainly, he was their most consistent performer within the confines of his game. … Dorsett fought, he hit hard and he forechecked like his hair was on fire. That’s to be expected. The 12 goals was a pleasant surprise. Dorsett goals in the junior ranks, but few expected it to translate at the next level. … Dorsett is the only player in franchise history to score 12 goals with 200-plus penalty minutes. He’s only the fifth different player to do it since the lockout. … Perfect timing for his breakout seasons, too. He’ll get a significant pay raise this summer, even as a restricted free agent. … Dorsett’s status has soared in the dressing room. It’s hard for young third- and fourth-liners to be outspoken in an NHL, but Dorsett is the most competitive player in the dressing room. The Jackets need him to be fearless and forceful in the room. … Don’t be surprised if Dorsett gets a permanent ‘A’ in 2012-13. It was kicked around at the end of last season … Dorsett has become a crowd favorite for the same reason Tyler Wright used to draw cheers in Nationwide Arena in the early 2000s. … Dorsett has seen significant time on the Blue Jackets’ third line the last two seasons, and, at first, seemed out of place. Now, not so much. With the goal production this season, he’s likely to stay put, or even move higher if the mix is right. … Dorsett was the butt of jokes in mid-February after taking on Chicago’s John Scott, who’s almost a foot taller than him. But it said a lot about Dorsett. The message was sent, not only to fans, but especially his teammates that he was willing to lay it all on the line at that point in the season. … Scary thought: where would the Blue Jackets have been this season without Dorsett? 10 wins? 12 wins? The way he plays forces teammates to keep up, lest they get embarrassed. ... Dorsett must continue to work on the cerebral aspects of the game, especially when it comes to taking penalties. He has to be smarter both in the offensive zone and during crucial moments of late games.

Grade: A

Career trajectory: Relentless overachiever
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