Heading into this season there were high hopes for New York Rangers’ center Derick Brassard. The 2006 first round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets has always been full of promise but it looked like Brassard was finally realizing that potential after coming over to the Rangers in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus. However, so far this season, Brassard, like the rest of the Rangers, has been a disappointment.
In 13 games last year, Brassard scored five goals and recorded six assists. He then went on to score two more goals and recorded 10 assists in the postseason. It was in the postseason that Brassard shined brightest with some of his assists worthy of a highlight reel. However, through the Rangers’ first seven games, Brassard has recorded just four assists and has looked, like many others on the team, lost in the system.
The Rangers, with Ryan Callahan out three to four weeks with a broken thumb and Rick Nash out indefinitely with a concussion, the Rangers need offense and Brassard has to be one of the payers to step up and provide it.
Obviously, losing arguably the two best players on the team would put a damper on any team. However, if the Rangers hope to make the playoffs, if they hope to take the next step from their Eastern Conference Finals appearance two years ago they will need players like Brassard to step up.
It isn’t too late for Brassard to have an impact but time is running out for him and the Rangers. It is time for Brassard to take the next step and finally live up to the promise or the Rangers have to find someone who can fill the role.