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04-05-2013, 06:58 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2004
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Brassard was originally selected by the Drummondville Voltiguers in the second round of the 2003 QMJHL Midget Draft, 18th overall. Though he did not make the Drummondville out of camp his first season, only appearing in ten games in a limited role towards the end of the season, Brassard would make a big impact upon his arrival the following season. Spending much of his time alternating between the first and second lines during his first full season, Brassard was a key contributor, compiling 76 points in 69 games, playing an important offensive role alongside Montreal prospect Guillaume Latendresse during much of the season. His dominant play in his rookie season was an integral factor in his being one of seven QMJHL players to be selected to Canada’s under-18 squad.
Had he been born but a few days earlier, his rookie season would have been his draft year, however, that was not the case. Brassard came back even better in his sophomore season, looking to better his stock, and seizing the role as one of Drummondville’s top offensive players and team leaders. He was a valuable part of the squad early on, carrying the team offensively in the first several games of the season while Latendresse was battling for a spot in Montreal, but was slowed mid-season with a wrist injury, but was able to bounce back without missing a beat. While Brassard did not garner a roster spot on Canada’s World Junior team, he did get to play in the two games for Team QMJHL against the Russian Selects in November, posting multi-point efforts in both games. When all was said and done, Brassard trumped his rookie point total by a large margin, picking up 116 points in only 58 games, good enough for seventh in the league, and most among first-year eligible players. He also worked on his defensive play in the off-season, and now carries a very respectable two-way game, as has been shown in his skyrocketing draft stock.
Read HF's article on Derick Brassard.
Brassard had perhaps the greatest on-ice vision in his draft class. Brassard is a dynamite playmaker, well aware of his surroundings, and able to dispense lightning-quick, accurate passes at will. He also has good drive towards the net and a great wrist shot. His skating is not overly quick, but the slight Brassard is very agile. Brassard is not a very physical fore-checker but is more than willing to pay the price in order to complete a pass. His face-off work could use a bit more work, though, and he could stand to add a bit of muscle to make him tougher to move off the puck.
Brassard is a great playmaking center, in a year filled with such players. He has proven that he can elevate his play when the situation is dire, and has played big in big games in the past. He projects to be a solid first-line centerman.
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