Center Derick Brassard is very interesting This Link is to his career statistics. This year his shooting % was .112. As a reference R Nash was .098, Mark Letestu was .105, RJ Umberger was .100 and Vinny Prospal was .097. True most of this scoring was done after Scott Arneil left and Derick was reinstated into the top 6 forwards. Still his faceoff win % is only about 45%. And more still, it was a stressful season for him. first he was banished to the press box as a healthy scratch. Then playing on the bottom 6 and not always as center. Then back to the top 6. His contract extends for 2 more years and his salary next year is $ 3.3 million. He will turn 25 in September.
The knock on Derick Brassard is that he was a first round [#6] pick in the draft and “has never fulfilled his potential”. For a fact, I sat in sections behind the goal after he returned to the top 6, and he was playing like a demon and skating like a freight train [guess that shows my age] At the time I thought he was the most impressive player on the ice. Having said that the next issue is consistency, He hasn’t been. True, he is still young, but that’s wearing thin also. This year is about the make or break year for him. He has had the chances, he has had trials, and he seemed to weather them and rebound in great style and effort. But is it for real? And is it for real for a whole season? I truly believe the blue Jackets are going to establish a hard work approach to the season. If this does not provide the platform for a good season, then he is not going to ever “develop to his full potential”.
With the centers presently on the roster, he would be a top 6 center. But the dust has not risen, let alone settled on the trading season. He is an asset, and I believe to some teams a desirable asset. Could /will he be traded? Possible. Could a Rick Nash trade include a center, very possible.
Personally, I would like to keep him. From a hard hearted GM standpoint, I would trade him If I thought the deal was right. The 45% has been too consistent for too long. Again I say keep him, but be ready if a real opportunity comes.