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New York Islanders Three Takeaway from Seventh Straight Win

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders controls the puck during their game against the Edmonton Oilers at the NYCB’s LIVE Nassau Coliseum on October 08, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Derick Brassard Is A Winger

Derick Brassard was brought in during the offseason to fill the role that Valtteri Filppula vacated after heading to Detroit in free agency. The veteran center had a rough year after bouncing from Pittsburgh, to Florida, and finally to Colorado. With the Isles, he was going to get a chance to get back to his best.

But the regular season didn’t start too well for Brassard.

In his first eight games, Brassard had a single point to his name and looked largely anonymous. Brassard just didn’t fit with what the Islanders wanted him to do down the middle. But without a better option for the 3C spot, the Islanders needed to keep Brassard.

And then injuries started to pile up.

By game nine of the season, both Jordan Eberle and Casey Cizikas were sidelined with an injury. So Head Coach Barry Trotz got clever with his lineup and moved Brassard, a career center to the wing.

On paper, it looked like a desperate move in order to get some sort of quality into the Islanders top six. Barry Trotz understood things differently.

Brassard wasn’t thriving down the middle, so Barry Trotz took the opportunity to try him out on the wing where a shooter like Brassard can thrive.

Against the Flyers, Brassard picked up his third goal of the season and third in three games with a nifty one-two with Brock Nelson.

Since being moved to the wing, Derick Brassard has three goals in three games. Looks like the two-time Jack Adams winner was right.

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