Fresh off his stellar opening-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Derick Brassard has a lot to feel good about. He's been given a second chance in New York after some injury-riddled years in Columbus.
And he's making the most of it. (via NHL.com)
"This is the best I've felt in a long time," Brassard told NHL.com. "I just feel like I don't think as much on the ice here, I just play. The way we play the game and the way we manage the puck I think it fits really well with my style. They don't make me try to play another game. Why I play in the NHL is because I make plays, and now not only is my confidence high, it's the best I've felt in a long time."
Aside from Henrik Lundqvist, you can make the case that Brassard was the MVP of the opening round of the playoffs. As Torts eluded to after Game 6, its the playoffs that define a hockey player -- not the regular season. Brassard is certainly making a name for himself.
Teammates have started to take notice of Brassard's improved play.
"As with all of us, his confidence has just exploded," Moore said. "You can see it, the plays he's making with some guys here and the chemistry he has formed, I think it's just his skill taking over and showing itself."
With a tough opponent n the next round looming in the Boston Bruins, all hands needs to be on deck.
- Brassard has really turned it on in the playoffs and deserves a ton of credit. The most you could ask from him was to chip in occasionally and instead has been one of the main cogs offensively. If it can continue in the next round, it's a huge bonus for the Rangers.
It's "alluded" not "eluded". Enjoyed the post, though. Interesting to hear Brassard's take on his success.
It is what it is right now and we just won the 1st round......Hank kept them in the series and I think the rest of the team got better as the series went on......With Hank playing the way he's playing and the rest of the guys coming together now we can b a tough team to play against....Lets do this......LETS GO RANGERS
Good to read. On the other hand, I'm sure Gaborik would beg to differ. We'll probably hear the same from other Rangers as time passes.
I have been blown away with how well this kid has played. I can't wait to see what he does for the rest of the playoffs and in the years to come. It's a small sample size to judge, but if we could get even 50% of this on a consistent basis every season, I hope to see him wearing Ranger blue for a long, long time.
@PenaltySh0t ????? dude ur crazy.. u could argue brassard then lundquvist... this is a perfect example of brassard being under appreciated... no brassard.. washington wins.. no henrik same thing... dont think that works with mcd.. i understand he shut down ovy but nonethless
@PenaltySh0t @JoeAntos All of them deserve equal credit. its a team game & the whole team is playing well. Even Nash who is not scoring mae some plays in Gems 4, 6, & 7 to help win. Richards made a couple of good plays in Game-7 & i have no doubt will do something to help us win as we go fwd. theyy all deseerve credit.