Usually when I wake up every morning I grab my phone off of my charger and check out Twitter to see if there is any pertinent Chicago Blackhawks news making the rounds. The hot rumor that was making the rounds this morning were that the Blackhawk have interest in acquiring Columbus Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard.
Brassard, 24, is in his fourth full season (fifth overall) with the Blue Jackets is having the worst season of his short career recording only seven goals, eight assists and a -18 rating through 37 games. However in the four games since the Jackets coaching change Brassard has notched three points and has averaged considerably more ice time.
After hearing all of that Blackhawks fans might be wondering, how is Brassard any better than what is already on the ‘Hawks roster, well in truth I’m not sure that he is. Brassard only has four more points than the Blackhawks Marcus Kruger and eight less than Dave Bolland.
Clearly the ‘Hawks interested in Brassard in not because of his current performance but because of his past performances and his great potential to become a top line player in the NHL. In Brassards previous three seasons his point totals have been on the increase from 25 points to 36 point to 47 points last season. Proof of the Jackets’ faith in Brassard he inked a lucrative four-year extension worth $13 million, $3.2 million per season.
So the final question is, would Brassard a good fit for the Blackhawks?
Well the Blackhawks are looking for depth at center and Brassard would fill that need and he is also considered a “top six” type of talent, which the ‘Hawks and any team would welcome. However besides Brassard’s potential and his filling a need, Brassard is not the perfect fit for the Blackhawks, the ‘Hawks are in need of a proven commodity at the 2nd line center position which although Brassard has shown flashes of greatness is not a proven player as this season has shown.
Yes it is possible and likely probable that with a change of scenery and much better linemates Brassard could shine but the ‘Hawks need a player who is a sure thing and meets all their needs at the center position if they are hoping to make another deep cup run. Derick Brassard unfortunately does not appear to be that player but there are plenty of fish in the sea and don’t be surprised the closer that we get to the trade deadline the more names that we will hear linked to the Chicago Blackhawks