Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford called out centerman Derick Brassard for his underachieving play. He was acquired in a trade near the trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators last season. Brassard hasn’t played well ever since coming to Pittsburgh.
In 36 games this season, he has only scored seven goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus is -5. Derick Brassard is currently playing on the third line. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the top two centermans on the roster.
In the playoffs last season when Malkin was injured for a few games, there was a reason why Riley Sheahan was the second line centerman and not Derick Brassard. Sheahan is tremendous in the faceoff circle and he was better at generating scoring opportunities.
Riley Sheahan is also a better penalty killer than Derrick Brassard is. Sheahan is more fit serve as the third line centerman than Brassard is. In 44 games this season, Riley Sheahan has scored six goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus is -4. He has played on the fourth line for most of the season. Sheahan’s numbers would go up if he was on the second or third line.
It is quite possible that the Pittsburgh Penguins trade Derick Brassard at the trade deadline. He has an expiring contract and they wouldn’t seem interested in re-signing him. Brassard is 31 years old.
Jim Rutherford doesn’t want to lose him in free agency. He would rather make a trade and get something in return. It is quite possible Derick Brassard could packaged in a trade with defenseman Olli Maatta and goaltender Tristan Jarry for a player that could help this team win another Stanley Cup Title in 2019.
I think Derick Brassard won’t be in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform come the trade deadline. I think Riley Sheahan will take over as the third line centerman and Matt Cullen will take over as the fourth line centerman.