Born on September 22, 1987, Derick Brassard missed the opportunity to be drafted at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by only seven days.
“It wasn’t a bad thing for me, it gave me the chance to improve my game, get stronger and faster,” he told Hockey’s Future.
The facts support that statement. A native of Ottawa who grew up in Hull on the other side of the Outaouais River, Brassard played Midget AAA for the Gatineau Intrepides. In 2003, he was a Drummondville Voltigeurs second round selection.
The 6’0 and 174-pound center played 10 games in the 2003-04 QMJHL season. The following year, he found a regular spot in the roster and recorded 76 points, only two points shy of his highly-touted teammate Guillaume Latendresse (MON, 2nd round, 2005).
Despite the fact that he won the 2004-05 QMJHL Rookie of the Year title ahead of the likes of Alexander Radulov (NAS, 15th overall, 2004) and Marek Zagrapan (BUF, 13th overall, 2005), still there wasn’t that much talk about Brassard.
A great 2005-06 season
After having represented his country at the U-18 World Championships in April 2005 in the Czech Republic, Brassard started the 2005-06 season very well. He received an invitation in December to the final camp selection of the Canadian Junior Team but missed the cut by a thin margin, having been released the final day of the camp.
“It was a great disappointment for me to not be selected on the national team but I learned a lot during the time I spent at the camp, I learned especially to play with intensity on every shift I