Derick Brassard wants to seize his chance with the Senators

Derick Brassard tries to pull off a feat at Ottawa Senators training camp. With only an invitation in his pocket, the Quebec forward wants to obtain one of the few positions available.

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The one who celebrated his 35th birthday on Thursday is realistic. He is aiming for a position on the third or fourth line of the Ottawa squad.

“I’m just trying to earn my place and I think I can help this team,” said Derick Brassard. To win a position, I will have to play well.

“I will take advantage of my experience and my intelligence on the ice. I just want to have fun.”

He’s comfortable in his role at training camp.

“Every year, you have things to prove,” he added. It’s the same thing now. I don’t have a contract and I have to make my place.

“This team hasn’t made the playoffs for several years and all the players have things to prove.”

During the summer, he asked his agent to find him an invitation to camp with the Senators. Nothing else interested him.

“I had five options on the table, but that of the Senators was the only one that interested me especially after the acquisitions of Claude Giroux, Alex DeBrincat and Cam Talbot.

“It’s perfect. It’s close to my house which is located in the corner of Hudson. My family is here too. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t have a chance to make the team.”

Derick Brassard wants to seize his chance with the Senators

In health

Brassard did not have a season that lived up to his expectations last year. Due to a groin injury that was slow to heal, he missed two months of activity with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Then he was traded at the trade deadline to the Edmonton Oilers. On the other hand, his use was limited especially in the playoffs where he only played one game.

“I didn’t end my season the way I wanted,” added the Hull native. That’s why I trained hard this summer. I wanted to end my career on a high note and that’s why I’m here.”

If he can convince Senators officials, he sees himself fulfilling the same role he had with the Flyers last year.

“I was among the group of the last six attackers. Then, with the injury to Sean Couturier, it gave me the chance to play more. I played about thirty games and it went very well.

The door is open

Head coach DJ Smith likes Brassard’s game.

“He’s effective with the puck in the back end,” he said. He’s a real pro. He’s smart and he knows how to play. We’re going to give him time to get to know our system in order to assess it properly.

“He is capable of fulfilling a role for us. He is aware of the situation in which he finds himself. He’s been in this position for a few years.

“He does the little things well and he is still hungry. He can play anywhere.”


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