The New York Islanders had a breakout season last year, finishing 2nd in the Metro Division with 103 points in the standings. This off-season, the team have brought in new talent to help them rebuild some of the players they lost.
The team recently resigned two RFAs: 23-year-old, winger Michael Dal Colle and 23-year-old, centre Joshua Ho-Sang. Dal Colle is signed for 2 more seasons at $700,000 a season while Ho-Sang will make $874,125 on a one-year deal.
Lou Lamoriello, Islanders GM, decided to look back into the open UFA market and pick up a veteran that has been around the league a time or two.
The Islanders signed 31-year-old centre Derick Brassard to a one-year, $1,200,000 contract. Brassard moved around the league last season, jumping from Pittsburgh for 40 games, to Florida for 10 games, and then finally landing in Colorado for the final 20 games and playoffs.
In the 2018-2019 season, Brassard had 14 goals and 9 assists for 23 points in 70 games while averaging 15:00 on the ice. He had 15 blocked shots and 102 hits with 39 PIMs and 110 shots on goal. He played 9 games in the playoffs with 1 assist while averaging 10:20 on the ice. Brassard had 1 blocked shot and 12 hits with 8 PIMs and 11 shots on net.
It was a down season for Brassard but he was boppin’ around the league which didn’t help. Now, with the Islanders, Brassard is excited for the fresh start. He told NHL.com:
“I’m looking to bounce back this year. I had a bad eight or nine months, but I’ve played some good hockey for the past couple of years. People are going to think about what just happened. For me, I’m just going to try to move on from that season and for me, I’m going to use it as motivation to come back even stronger.” (x)
Brassard is a good fit in the Islanders line up. At 31-years-old, he’s still a vibrant player with a lot of talent to share. This season the Islanders will be looking to put themselves higher in playoff contention than last year and make it past Round 2, having Brassard and resigning Anthony Beauvillier will be a step in a positive direction towards that goal.
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