With all of the talk surrounding New York Rangers‘ Rick Nash and his first game back in Columbus vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets since leaving the team in a trade two years ago, you would think that he was the only ex-Blue Jacket that was playing for the Rangers. Flying under the radar was center Derick Brassard, who like Nash, made his mark on this game; only Brassard was able to do so on the score sheet.
It was 11:31 into the 3rd period in a 1-1 game where Brassard put a backhander, from the side of the net, passed Blue Jackets’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, breaking the tie and proving to be the game-winning goal.
What a way to stick it to your former team, especially when not given enough respect with all of the talk about Nash’s return. Brassard will never be the high-profile player Nash is, but just because Brassard is not a “star” does not mean he should be overlooked by anyone.
Brassard is currently 4th on the Rangers in points, with 40, and is quietly having a really good season for a 3rd line center. You can even say he has outplayed the Rangers’ top two centers, Derek Stepan and Brad Richards, for the greater part of this season.
All in all, not just the Blue Jackets but every team around the league does not pay enough attention to Brassard, who has a lot of talent and is only 26 years of age. But I bet he and Rangers’ fans alike prefer to keep it that way, because quietly flying under the radar is the best way to sneak up on someone and catch them by surprise, just like what Brassard did to the Blue Jackets last night.
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