New York Islanders: Derick Brassard Moves To The Wing In Practice

By Matt O'Leary
Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

With the number of injuries and illnesses running through the New York Islanders, Derick Brassard was forced to move to wing to supplement the lineup.

It’s still early, the New York Islanders are telling themselves. Yes, they’re on a four-game win streak but with the number of injuries and the number of people sick and out of the lineup, the forward group looks a little weird.

Derick Brassard, who was brought in to be the team’s veteran third-line center, was moved to the wing in practice yesterday. He was on the left, with Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier on the second line.

It’s not an ideal look for this team, who is missing Jordan Eberle. The top line (Lee – Barzal – Bailey) would remain the same, I would just do Beauvillier – Nelson – Wahlstrom on the second line. It has a much higher ceiling than what Brassard will give you.

If this was 2015, I’d have no problem with Brassard in the top-six. Unfortunately, at 32, he is nowhere close to resembling the player he once was.

Over his last 28 games, he has just 5 points which is a pace of 15 points over a full 82 game season. He’s struggled in the third line role even this year, his play doesn’t warrant a promotion to the top-six.

Oliver Wahlstrom, on the other hand, has six shots on goal in three games and is inching closer and closer to finally netting one. His upside is much better, and he deserves a chance in a top-six role.

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