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12-07-2009, 07:32 PM
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Derick Brassard: The sophomore slump nobody is talking about.

If Mason is in the midst of a slump, then I think it is fair to say that Brassard is too.

Last year he started the season like a bat out of hell. He was piling up the assists (not that shocking) and the goals (pretty surprising). Through 31 games, he had a +12 before James Neal taught Brassard a tough lesson. Don't pick fights you have no business getting involved in.

This season, Brass is not the same player. Yes, he's coming off a huge injury. He's been injured once the year (that big slash he took on the hand in Washington), but injuries are not allowed to be used as an excuse, right? His assists are on pace for what he had last year, but he only has 3 goals in 28 games this season. He's also amongst the worst in the NHL with a -11.

He's also just got his second assignment demotion to the 4th line of the season. Not good for someone who was expected to be on the 1st line at best, and 2nd line at worst. I hope he doesn't rush to the KHL.

If the Jackets want to turn around this season, #16 has to turn around his season and start living up to that extension that he got without really earning.

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Brass is never going to be the same player ever again....

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Just curious...

How can you say nobody is talking about it, if you're talking about it?

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Hey, he's putting up the assists like I was expecting. He just needs to get some goals. He'll be fine.

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Just curious...

How can you say nobody is talking about it, if you're talking about it?
Because I'm super ahead of the curve, and above the simpletons that aren't talking about it.

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Just curious...

How can you say nobody is talking about it, if you're talking about it?
Unless he has low self-esteem and thinks he's a nobody!

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Because I'm super ahead of the curve, and above the simpletons that aren't talking about it.
Um, never mind my last post.

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Brass is never going to be the same player ever again....
And people think I'm a ray of sunshine. Geesh, Keith, what's the deal lately?

He'll be fine. As soon as we get rid of Hitchcock.

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And people think I'm a ray of sunshine. Geesh, Keith, what's the deal lately?

He'll be fine. As soon as we get rid of Hitchcock.
LOL!

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He seemed to be flying around in the pre-season but once the regular season got underway he seemed to slow a little.

I think playing with Voracek is still the best spot for him right now. Having the other teams top checkers focus on Nash/Vermette should, at least in theory, help open things up for Vorassard. The demotion to the fourth line is likely short lived.

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He seemed to be flying around in the pre-season but once the regular season got underway he seemed to slow a little.

I think playing with Voracek is still the best spot for him right now. Having the other teams top checkers focus on Nash/Vermette should, at least in theory, help open things up for Vorassard. The demotion to the fourth line is likely short lived.
Mojo, meet Derrick Brassard... Derrick, you remember Mojo?!?

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Isn't it obvious? Hitch hates French Canadians. I mean, take a look at Vermette, Garon, and Roy (who can't even get consistent playing time).

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He's not where I expected, Mason is not where I expected and Filatov is not where I expected... In the summer I guessed a final seeding anywhere from 7-11th, the lower seed was chosen to cover some of the problems we are seeing in the past few weeks.

Brassard has either lost his confidence or is suffering fear of injury. I hope he rebounds soon, we need him.

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Brassard has either lost his confidence or is suffering fear of injury.
Probably a little bit of both, although he would never admit it. But he really was in a very stressful situation last year after his injury, I mean everything was going right until the fight and after that it was just sitting at home day after day. I won't blame him if he isn't able to be the same player than year before, but hopefully at least next off-season he can get his confidence 100% back.

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Something is bothering Brass ... but I don't think it's "fear" of anything, physical or otherwise. Brass has 36 hits to his credit ... that's 2 fewer than Nash and 3 fewer than Umberger. Meanwhile, big "fearless" guys like Tyutin, Chimera, and Voracek have 20, 19, and 15 hits respectively.

Brass may be annoyed, distracted ... but he's not scared.

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Something is bothering Brass ... but I don't think it's "fear" of anything, physical or otherwise. Brass has 36 hits to his credit ... that's 2 fewer than Nash and 3 fewer than Umberger. Meanwhile, big "fearless" guys like Tyutin, Chimera, and Voracek have 20, 19, and 15 hits respectively.

Brass may be annoyed, distracted ... but he's not scared.
I got a good chuckle when he went after Foote.

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I got a good chuckle when he went after Foote.
He got him, too! Brass aim > Boll aim

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He suffering from playing on a "short chaine"...............

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He had two amazing assists the other night on Umberger's hattrick.
But he definitely plays like a frenchman.

I'd say he needs another year of physical growth.
He needs to put some more man-muscle on, so he doesn't bounce off guys when trying to finish his check.

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He needs to put some more man-muscle on, so he doesn't bounce off guys when trying to finish his check.
I admired his effort to hit Foote, but the bouncing off him part made me laugh. I don't think he plays soft. He has, however, looked a bit timid with the puck.

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Talked about it two weeks ago in the Habs GDT.

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Revisionist history.
What other kind is there?

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I admired his effort to hit Foote, but the bouncing off him part made me laugh. I don't think he plays soft. He has, however, looked a bit timid with the puck.
You're right. Sometimes I even caught myself thinking "He's looking a little Brule-ish out there."

Also, Brass seems to be struggling mightily in the faceoff circle.

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Also, Brass seems to be struggling mightily in the faceoff circle.
He's still not taking all the draws since his wrist injury. I haven't tracked it, but my guess is it depends on which side of the ice - probably his injury still affects his ability to draw to a certain side. If his injury is still an issue, even a minor one, it could also help explain "soft on the puck" in Ren's post as well.

I actually think DB has looked better and better in recent games. He's started playing with a"jump."

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