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New York Islanders: Derick Brassard On Fire Since Move To Wing

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the Arizona Coyotes during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the Arizona Coyotes during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With the number of injuries the New York Islanders have suffered, they were forced to move Derick Brassard to the wing. It’s actually worked wonders.

Leo Komarov, Andrew Ladd, Jordan Eberle, Matt Martin, Tom Kuhnhackl, those are the New York Islanders forwards currently out right now. Despite being down four forwards, the Isles are riding high on a seven-game win streak.

Coach Barry Trotz was forced to shuffle up his lines quite a bit to compensate for all these injuries and one move, in particular, is paying off major dividends.

He moved Derick Brassard to wing, and since that move, he has scored in three straight games. It’s safe to say, Barry Trotz has the Midas Touch.

Brassard was struggling out of the gate as the Islanders third-line center. He had one assist in the first eight games and was a -2 in three of those eight games. In the Isles last three against Arizona, Ottawa, and Philadelphia, Brassard on the wing has looked miles better.

Is it because he’s surrounded by more talented linemates like Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson, is it because he is more comfortable on the wing, or could it just be pure luck that Brassard has found his scoring touch?

I’m leaning towards luck right now, with a sprinkle of his linemates being better. Whatever it is, I’ll take it as the New York Islanders are now 8-3-0 to start the season and in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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