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Derick Brassard | Center | #19

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (6) / CLM
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Derick Brassard was playing hurt down the stretch and during the playoffs.
Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford didn't go into detail about what was ailing Brassard, but he did say it was "an injury that is very difficult to play with." Brassard dealt with the issue for the last week of the regular season and throughout the playoffs. That could partially explain why he struggled so much to produce. May 9 - 8:59 PM

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Derick Brassard didn't work out as well as the Penguins had hoped.

The Penguins acquired Brassard in the hopes that he'd act as an extremely overqualified third-line center to give them the kind of depth they crave. Brassard didn't end up working out particularly well in the playoffs though and he found himself spending some time on the fourth line as a result. Brassard wasn't a rental though as he's still under contract for 2018-19, so it will be interesting to see what the Penguins do from here. Perhaps part of Brassard's struggles was related to him joining a team down the stretch and now that he has some familiarity with the Penguins and will have the benefit of entering 2018-19 on even footing with everyone else, he'll perform better with Pittsburgh. The alternative is that the Penguins decide that the experiment failed and they attempt to trade him over the summer.
May 9 - 7:27 AM

Derick Brassard logged just 11:10 of ice time in Game 6 against Washington.

Only Conor Sheary logged less ice time (11:09) for the Penguins in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals. Brassard struggled in the postseason with only one goal and three assists in 12 games. He is under contract for next season and will look to gain back coach Mike Sullivan's confidence.
May 8 - 10:25 AM

Derick Brassard has one goal in eight playoff games.

Brassard scored back in Game 3 against Philadelphia in the first round of the postseason. He hasn't recorded a point in three games going into Tuesday night's Game 3 matchup versus Washington. Brassard is projected to play with Phil Kessel to try to get both players going offensively.
May 1 - 2:08 PM

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was very happy with Derick Brassard's performance in Game 3.

Brassard only got 11:15 minutes of ice time in the contest, but he did contribute a goal and registered two hits. He also led the Penguins in terms of Corsi For percentage in that contest. It's all particularly encouraging because Brassard missed the last five games of the regular season due to a lower-body injury and it seems he's needed some time to get back up to speed as a result. "I think he's getting better with every game he's played," Sullivan said. "He’s coming off an injury where he hadn't had the opportunity to get into any sort of a flow. We'd really liked his game prior to the injury that he had. We thought he was really gaining traction, but since he's come back, we think he's getting better with each game that he plays."
Apr 17 - 5:18 AM

Derick Brassard registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 7-0 win against Philadelphia in Game 1 on Wednesday.

It was Brassard's first playoff game with Pittsburgh after the Penguins acquired him from Ottawa on Feb. 23rd. Brassard has plenty of playoff experience and is up to 22 goals and 56 points in 79 career postseason games.
Apr 12 - 8:58 AM

Derick Brassard's return to the lineup from a lower-body injury has been confirmed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brassard will skate on the third line between Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary. He posted eight points in 14 games with the Penguins after he was acquired from Ottawa during the regular season.
Apr 11 - 6:43 PM

Derick Brassard (lower body) is on the ice for the pregame warmups.

Brassard was already likely to play despite being listed as a game-time decision. He missed the last five games of the regular season because of a lower-body injury. Look for Brassard to play between Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary in Game 1 versus Philadelphia.
Apr 11 - 6:38 PM

Derick Brassard (lower body) is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's playoff opener.

However, it is probable that Brassard will play. He didn't take part in Pittsburgh's optional morning skate, but practiced fully on Monday and Tuesday. Josh Jooris was also out late for extra work and could be scratched. That would open a spot for Brassard's return.
Apr 11 - 11:26 AM

Derick Brassard (lower body) took part in Tuesday's practice.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan seemed encouraged by how Brassard did, but his status for Game 1 remains undetermined. Consider Brassard probable at this point.
Apr 10 - 3:01 PM

Derick Brassard (lower body) felt good after participating in Monday's practice.

It certainly looked like Brassard could be available to return to action for Game 1 versus Philadelphia on Wednesday night, but confirmation on his status was not announced. He skated between Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary during line rushes.
Apr 9 - 12:41 PM

Derick Brassard (lower body) took part in Monday's practice.

Brassard, who wore a normal jersey in the skate, sat out the the last five games of the regular season due to a lower-body injury. He skated between Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary on the team's third line.
Apr 9 - 11:21 AM

Derick Brassard (lower body) will remain out of the lineup on Sunday.

This will be the third consecutive contest that Brassard has missed due to a lower-body injury. He has notched three goals and five assists in 14 appearances with Pittsburgh since he was acquired from Ottawa.
Apr 1 - 5:43 PM

Derick Brassard (lower body) did not skate with his teammates Saturday morning.

Brassard's lower-body issue, which is believed to be a groin issue, still appear to be giving him problems and he won't play Saturday night against Montreal. Keep Brassard benched until further notice.
Mar 31 - 11:33 AM

Derick Brassard is reportedly dealing with a groin injury.

As previously mentioned, Brassard will miss Thursday's game after sustaining the injury on Tuesday. The good news is that Brassard's issue is reportedly not believed to be serious, so regard him as day-to-day for now.
Mar 29 - 3:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Derick Brassard
4Riley Sheahan
5Carter Rowney
6Teddy Blueger
7Jean-Sebastien Dea
8Adam Johnson
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Garrett Wilson
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Dominik Simon
5Daniel Sprong
6Zach Aston-Reese
7Josh Jooris
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Chad Ruhwedel
6Matt Hunwick
7Jamie Oleksiak
8Chris Summers
9Jarred Tinordi
G1Matt Murray
2Casey DeSmith
3Tristan Jarry
4Michael Leighton