Derrick Brassard is a young man who quickly learned that life in the National Hockey League cannot be taken for granted. Brassard, 22, is coming off a nine goal, 36 point season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The young talented centre had his shoulder operated on last season when he got into a bad collision in his rookie season. Why is Brassard such a focus of attention? That is because hockey analysts understand that he can be a very strong first line centre sometime in his career, and before his season-ending surgery, Brassard was a strong candidate for the Calder Trophy with rookie of the year in 2009. Unfortunately, his should bothered him, and did not allow Brassard to keep rolling along like he used to.
Now, flashing forward to the future, the Columbus Blue Jackets should be excited with the upcoming season where new head coach Scott Arniel will be joining the forces and Nikita Filatov has arrived in town last week to play with the Jackets, and likely on a line with Brassard.
Brassard is described as a great puck distributor, so if he can find perfect passes to speedy Filatov, the red lamp will turn on quick and often. Jakub Voracek, a player that developed with Brassard, will also try and help his team bounce back into the playoff picture.
Young players are key in Columbus.
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