Derick Brassard keeps shopping around as an unrestricted free agent and has worked hard to be noticed by several NHL teams this summer while he attended the MTL Pro League tournament last week in Montreal.
His name has surely gotten out there, enough that Allan Mitchell of The Athletic believes he would be a great fit this season for the Edmonton Oilers. He is listed as the most interesting player who hasn’t found an NHL contract for next season in Mitchell’s latest article.
Sure, Brassard isn’t the player he once was… He put up a career-best 60 points with the New York Rangers back in 2014-15. The following season, he rang up 27 goals. For the last few years, it’s been downhill from there… However, a new opportunity in the NHL could be the boost he needs to have a tremendous season in 2019-20.
He is a centre who has shown in the past he can both check and score, sure, but has become more of a dependable third-line centre. He remains a good option for that role on the league’s scarce market and Edmonton should be in the mix! However, while some say Brassard is seeking $4 million for the year, we doubt GM Ken Holland will pay that price. Or anyone for that matter… but if he asks for a reasonable pay check, it could be a fit.
Let’s see if the Oilers make a move.