He was also supposed to be that extra trigger man the Isles desperately needed on the power play last season. With all due respect to Cal Clutterbuck, he has no business being on the power play. With the little talent on last year’s roster, Barry Trotz had no choice but to put Clutterbuck out there.
But Brassard hasn’t been the help the Islanders signed him to be.
Through 66 games Brassard has 32 points to his name. Most of that came in a 12 game stretch during the Islanders historic 17-game point streak. In 12 games from October 24 to November 21, Brassard scored six goals and nine helpers for 15 points.
That has him scoring 47 percent of his production this season in 18 percent of the games he’s played. As you can imagine he hasn’t been great on the production from the rest of the year.
Perhaps the most glaring indictment of his season is how the third line completely caves when he’s centering it. He’s just not able to carry a line on his own.
He’s been OK on the power play. His ten power-play points (three goals) has him ranked third on the team.
But being ‘OK’ on the power play isn’t going to be enough to keep him around for another year. There’s no way that Lou Lamoriello doubles down on Derick Brassard and signs him for another year.