New York Islanders Three Takeaway from Seventh Straight Win
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.