Spending much of his time alternating between the first and second lines during his first full season, Derick Brassard was a key contributor, compiling 76 points in 69 games, playing an important offensive role alongside Montreal prospect Guillaume Latendresse during much of the season. His dominant play in his rookie season was an integral factor in his being one of seven QMJHL players to be selected to Canada’s under-18 squad.
Had he been born but a few days earlier, his rookie season would have been his draft year, however, that was not the case. Brassard came back even better in his sophomore season, looking to better his stock, and seizing the role as one of Drummondville’s top offensive players and team leaders. He was a valuable part of the squad early on, carrying the team offensively in the first several games of the season while Latendresse was battling for a spot in Montreal, but was slowed mid-season with a wrist injury, but was able to bounce back without missing a beat. While Brassard did not garner a roster spot on Canada’s World Junior team, he did get to play in the two games for Team QMJHL against the Russian Selects in November, posting multi-point efforts in both games. When all was said and done, Brassard trumped his rookie point total by a large margin, picking up 116 points in only 58 games, good enough for seventh in the league, and most among first-year eligible players. He also worked on his defensive play in the off-season, and now carries a very respectable two-way game, as has been shown in his skyrocketing draft stock.
2005-06: Brassard was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, 6th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft.
2007-08: In his first professional season Brassard started out extremely strong. He won the AHL Rookie of the Month award twice, in October and again in April. He was also selected to represent the Crunch in the AHL All-Star game. While in Columbus Brassard did not look out of place, and played 17 games and scored his first NHL goal. Brassard displayed good quickness and the offensive ability to make things happen on the ice. However, Brassard once again missed significant time due to injury, one sour note in an otherwise extremely successful professional debut season.
Brassard had perhaps the greatest on-ice vision in his draft class. Brassard is a dynamite playmaker, well aware of his surroundings, and able to dispense lightning-quick, accurate passes at will. He also has good drive towards the net and a great wrist shot. His skating is not overly quick, but the slight Brassard is very agile. Brassard is not a very physical fore-checker but is more than willing to pay the price in order to complete a pass. His face-off work could use a bit more work, though, and he could stand to add a bit of muscle to make him tougher to move off the puck.
Brassard was dealt by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL trade deadline in the deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets.