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New York Rangers Derick Brassard: Player Report Card

Player Name: Derick Brassard #16

Position: Center Forward

Personal Stats:
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 202 lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Numbers:

Games Played: 81
Goals: 18
Assists: 27
Points: 45
Penalties In Minutes: 46
Power Play Goals: 7
Short Handed Goals: 0
Game Winning Goals: 4
Shots Percentage: 11.3%

Strengths: 
Derick Brassard has had a mediocre season. He has had moments where he has really shined, and been a great asset to the team. He has also had some games where he has been forgettable. Despite this, Brassard has recorded a career high 18 goals this season, and has also had a decent amount of ice time. He is aggressive on the ice, and isn’t afraid to add some grit to the team when necessary.

Weaknesses:
Brassard has at times taken some penalties at critical times in games, giving the opposing teams key opportunities to score goals. Although these don’t always lead to goals by the opposing teams, heading into post-season Brassard needs to stop taking unnecessary penalties which give the Rangers’ opponents scoring chances. During regular season games, the Rangers have faced teams whose Power Play have not been the best, but heading into playoffs, every team has quality special teams that can, and possibly will, score when given the chance. In limiting the number of penalties we take, we limit the chances of them having scoring chances during Power Plays. Keeping Brassard out of the penalty box will be key, for the New York Rangers, in these playoff games.

Post Season Prediction:
I believe that Brassard will be another key player to watch during the post-season. When placed on the right line, he can provide the Rangers with great goals, and key assists to win games. However, it is important to know that Brassard can, at times, be on the ice without necessarily being an asset to the team. It’s important that Brassard capitalizes on the chances he has, and stays out of the penalty box.

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