Welcome to part two of the Brassard-Zibanejad trade analysis one year later. Now it’s time to talk about Ottawa’s acquisition from the trade, Derick Brassard.
The 29 year old, Quebec native has probably enjoyed being a little closer to home. A constant presence for the Ottawa Senators since his arrival to Canada’s capital, helping the Sens get one game away from the Stanley Cup Final.
On the statistics front it doesn’t look overly pretty. Featuring in all but one of the 82 regular season games, scoring 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists). A .48 PPG isn’t what the Senators expected when they traded away one of their best young offensive talents. His career average is 0.59 points per game so this is definitely an off year for the Centreman dropping 0.11, quite a drop.
Brassard didn’t really get firing in the playoffs either, knocking out his former team in six games in the second round of the playoffs. 11 points in 19 games aren’t shocking, closer to his regular season average is pins him at 0.57 for the 2017 playoffs. If you compare that to his career playoff average it is 0.70, an even greater drop of 0.13. Clearly Brassard has had an off year in terms of point production.
An explanation for Brassards’ drop can’t solely be placed on him. The Ottawa Senators under Head Coach Guy Boucher played ‘The System’ which was an incredibly defensive style. Goal scoring was sacrificed in favour of not conceding, but the likes of Erik Karlsson still racked up the points.
Overall, as was said at the time, New York have undoubtedly got the better of the trade one season down the line. Mika has continued his progression into an efficient point scorer even with an injury, whereas Brassard’s numbers have fallen off of a cliff.
Brassard still has two years left to run on a $5 million AAV contract. Zibanejad’s contract is now up and he is going to get paid something similar to Brassard’s contract I would suggest, doubling his current pay check. Brassard was not worth $5 million this year and Mika was certainly amazing value at $2.5 million.