Austen Brassard
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Austen Brassard

Hometown:

Windsor Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-14

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (149th overall), 2011

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Austen Brassard was chosen in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Windsor Spitfires.

2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Brassard began the season with the Spitfires. In 37 games for that club, he scored 4 goals and added 8 assists for 12 points. He was dealt to the Belleville Bulls, appearing in 26 games for that team. He scored 6 goals and added 11 assists for 17 points. Brassard was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

2010-11: In 67 games for the Bulls, Brassard scored 19 goals and added 15 assists for 34 points to go along with 78 penalty minutes. In 4 playoff games, he scored 1 goal. Brassard played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, picking up 1 assist in 7 games.

2011-12: Brassard attended Winnipeg’s training camp before returning to the Belleville Bulls for his third junior season. He provided both toughness and scoring playing on the Bulls’ top line – finishing second on the team in points (51) and third in penalty minutes (71). He scored a career-high 27 goals with 24 assists and was plus-six in 64 games. Belleville reached the playoffs after finishing second in the East Division. Brassard had 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-two with 6 penalty minutes in the six-game playoff series with the Ottawa 67′s.

2012-13: Brassard played 62 games for Belleville in his fourth OHL season. He scored 14 goals with 19 assists and was +15 with 94 penalty minutes. The Bulls finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Barrie; losing in seven games to the Colts. Brassard scored 6 goals with 6 assists in 17 playoff games and was +6 with 22 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Jets in June 2013.

2013-14: Brassard skated in 29 games for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his first pro season — returning home to Windsor, Ontario for “personal reasons” at the beginning of November; re-joining the team in January. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 26 penalty minutes. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Finals. Brassard was with the team during its playoff run but did not appear in any games. 

Talent Analysis

Brassard has the prototypical size and on-ice demeanor of a power forward. A productive scorer hockey at the junior level, he will likely be more of an energy, two-way lower line forward in pro hockey.

Future

Brassard is with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's in 2014-15 for his second pro season. Once again able to focus on hockey, he has been a regular in the IceCaps lineup; providing a solid, two-way effort and a physical presence to supplement some of the high-end skill players in the lineup. Long-term, he projects as a lower line forward willing to do all of the necessary things to help his team win.

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