Brassard’s deal is for $1.2 million. #Isles
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) August 21, 2019
Derick Brassard Signs With New York Islanders
Over his 12-year NHL career, Derick Brassard has played for several teams. The list includes the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently the Colorado Avalanche. In 786 games, he owns 176 goals and 275 assists for 451 total points. The Columbus Blue Jackets initially drafted Brassard in the first round of the 2006 draft, sixth overall.
Last season, he tallied 14 goals and nine assists with the Avalanche. He added 39 minutes in penalties.
What This Means for the Future
While the Avalanche advanced to the second-round of the playoffs this year, Brassard spent a chunk of the first round off the ice. He dressed for just two games after falling ill. Things turned around for the forward in the second-round and he rebounded from the sickness. Ultimately, he failed to net a goal and notched a single assist in the postseason. He averaged 10:20 minutes of ice time in the nine games in which he appeared.
Brassard was shuffled around a bit during the 2018-19 season. After an unsuccessful stay with the Penguins, he shifted briefly to the Florida Panthers before ultimately settling in with Colorado.
Although he has struggled to find his game lately, Brassard has the potential to put up big numbers for the team. He’s had a few scoreless droughts during the season but should not be counted out just yet.
He is a versatile player that is able to be utilized on the wing as well as the center. He also boasted a faceoff percentage of 48.1% through the season. The 31-year old can still be the powerhouse he’s proven himself to be in the past.
Brassard Will Help the Islanders
Known as a tough competitor, Brassard looks to add to an already proven team in the New York Islanders. They thwarted the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs last season in four games. Brassard is no stranger to the penalty box as he has accrued 391 penalty minutes over his 12-year NHL career. He has handed out 1,110 hits so he knows how to handle himself.