Derick Brassard

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Derick Brassard
Derick Brassard.jpg
Born (1987-09-22) September 22, 1987 (age 27)
Hull, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2007–present

Derick Brassard (born September 22, 1987) is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays as a centre for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Minor and Junior[edit]

Brassard played youth hockey with the Gatineau L'Intrépide, where he captained his midget team.[1] He was selected in the second round (18th overall) of the 2003 QMJHL draft by the Drummondville Voltigeurs.[2]

Brassard spent most of the 2003-2004 season playing midget hockey with the L'Intrépide, before making his debut with the Voltigeurs where, in 10 regular season games and 7 playoff games, Brassard registered an assist.[3] He spent the entire season with the Voltigeurs during 2004-2005, registering 76 points in 69 games. Brassard's results were enough that he was named to the CHL All-Rookie team and the QMJHL All-Rookie Team. He was also named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy for offensive rookie of the year.

Brassard improved on his results during the 2005-2006 season, finishing the regular season with 44 goals and 72 assists in 116 games. He participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game and, at the conclusion of the season, was named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team, the CHL First All-Star term, and was awarded the Michael Bossy Trophy for QMJHL Best Professional Prospect.

Brassard was selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 6th overall pick. Considered one of the better skaters in the 2006 Entry Draft by both NHL Central Scouting and the International Scouting Service, Brassard is said to be a "great playmaker that can score as well."[by whom?]

Brassard was returned to the Voltigeurs for the 2006-2007 season but suffered a serious shoulder injury during a pre-season game and spent the rest of the season sidelined, appearing in only 14 games.

Professional career[edit]

Brassard signed a three-year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets on September 21, 2006.[4]

Brassard began the 2007-2008 season with the Blue Jackets' farm team, the Syracuse Crunch. Following his first month, he was named rookie of the month. While a broken jaw sidelined him for two months, he continued to tear up the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brassard was recalled to Columbus on January 10, 2008.

After playing 17 games with the Blue Jackets (registering one goal and one assist), Brassard was quietly sent back to the Crunch on February 27, totalling 26 points upon his return to finish the regular season.

In an attempt to assure himself a roster spot for the 2008–09 season, Brassard, among several other players, spent the 2008 offseason in Columbus with the Blue Jackets personal training staff, just as Jared Boll had done the previous offseason. Brassard made the team out of camp for 2008–09, and performed remarkably well, being named NHL Rookie of the Month for October 2008 with the most points by any NHL rookie,[5] closely followed by linemate and fellow Jackets first round draft pick Jakub Voráček.

On December 18, 2008, Brassard was injured during the first period of Columbus' 6-5 shootout loss at the Dallas Stars during a fight with the Stars' rookie winger James Neal. In the fight, he suffered a dislocated shoulder and had to undergo surgery. At the time of his injury, Brassard had 10 goals, 15 assists, with 17 PIM and a +/- rating +12 in 31 games, leading the NHL in rookie scoring.

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Brassard was dealt in the deadline trade by the Blue Jackets, along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marian Gaborik and two minor league defencemen on April 3, 2013.[6]

On July 27, 2014, Brassard signed a 5 year contract with the Rangers worth $25 million.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 10 0 1 1 0 7 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 69 25 51 76 25 6 1 5 6 6
2005–06 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 58 44 72 116 92 7 5 4 9 10
2006–07 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 14 6 19 25 24 12 9 15 24 12
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 15 36 51 51 13 4 9 13 10
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 17 1 1 2 6
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 31 10 15 25 17
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 9 27 36 48
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 74 17 30 47 55
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 74 14 27 41 42
2012–13 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 6 4 1 5 6
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 34 7 11 18 16
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 13 5 6 11 0 12 2 10 12 2
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 81 18 27 45 46 23 6 6 12 8
NHL totals 403 81 144 225 230 35 8 16 24 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada Quebec U17 6 1 0 1 4
2005 Canada WJC 6 0 4 4 6
Junior totals 12 1 4 5 10

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • 2003-04, U17 WHC Bronze Medal
  • 2004-05, CHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2004-05, QMJHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2004-05, QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy)
  • 2004-05, QMJHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2004-05, U18 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2005-06, CHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2005-06, QMJHL Best Professional Prospect (Mike Bossy Trophy)
  • 2005-06, QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • 2007-08, AHL All-Star Game
  • 2008-09, NHL Rookie Of The Month (10/08)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derick Brassard joueur par excellence CCM du mois de décembre". RDS. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2003 QMJHL DRAFT". Rivals.com. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Derick Brassard". Elite Prospects. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Columbus signs C Brassard to three-year deal". ESPN. September 21, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "TSN: Blue Jackets' Brassard named Rookie of the Month for October". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Kekalainen injects life into Blue Jackets with Gaborik". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  7. ^ Peters, Chris (July 27, 2014). "Derick Brassard, Rangers agree to five-year, $25 million deal". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Gilbert Brule
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Jakub Voracek