Islanders Three Stars of the Week: Anthony Beauvillier is on Fire
Second Star: Derick Brassard
Stats: 1 Goal, 4 Assists, 7 SOG
When the Islanders signed Derick Brassard to a single-year $1.2 million deal, it was to shore up their third line. With Valtteri Filppula bolting to the Detroit Red Wings in free agency, the Isles didn’t have an anchor on line three.
So rather than look internally, they plucked Brassard out of the free-agent pool on August 21. With 23 points between three teams in 2018-19, Brassard had his worst statistical season on record.
It’s why the veteran center was still available almost two months after the free agency window and why the Islanders could pull him in for $1.2 million. Teams figured Brassard was on the way down and looked for other options.
Since being placed on the wing as injury cover, the Derick Brassard has turned into a top-six winger and is on pace to equal his best statistical season on record. With 13 points in 18 games, he’s on pace for 59 points (his career-high is 60).
Of those 13 points this season, five points came this week in games against the Leafs and Flyers. Three points came against the Leafs with a goal and two helpers, and then another two helpers against the Flyers.
At this point, Derick Brassard can’t move back to center. It’s not just because of his production from this week, although his five points in two games certainly help the case.