If things keep going in the direction that they are, the Marian Gaborik trade might be the best thing that ever happened to the New York Rangers.
The Rangers dealt their star forward to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, picking up a few extra pieces for their playoff push, including the likes of Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, as well as defenseman John Moore.
As we head into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Rangers and the Washington Capitals, it’s hard to imagine the Blueshirts being where they are without Brassard in the mix. If it weren’t for him, they might be golfing already.
Brassard managed to make an impact almost immediately with the Rangers, scoring a goal and adding three assists in his first game with the club at the beginning of April. He finished with 11 points in the regular season with New York, running his season total up to 29.
It’s been during the postseason, though, that we’ve seen Brassard really become a key element of this Rangers team. After dropping their first two tilts of the series against Washington, they’ve managed to take three of four in order to force a decisive Game 7.
In each of those four games, including the overtime loss in Game 5, Brassard has finished with at least one point. He had three in the Game 3 win, before following up with another two in Game 4 to help the Rangers even things up. In Game 6, with the Rangers needing a win, he came up big again.
Brassard scored the game’s only goal, teaming up with Henrik Lundqvist to lead the Rangers to the 1-0 victory. His total points for the series are up to seven, including a pair of goals, and he’s won 57 percent of his draws in the series.