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Avalanche Acquires Derick Brassard from Panthers

Former first-round pick has 447 career NHL points

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Brassard, 31, has 19 points (10g, 9a) in 50 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers this season. He was acquired by Florida on Feb. 1 and has four points (1g, 3a) in 10 games since joining the Panthers.

A first-round pick (sixth overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft, Brassard has accumulated 447 points (172g, 275a) in 766 career regular-season NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh and Florida. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound center has 59 points (23g, 36a) in 90 career playoff performances.

The Hull, Quebec, native skated in 42 career American Hockey League games, all with the Syracuse Crunch in his first season of professional hockey in 2007-08. He registered 51 points (15g, 36a) and was selected to the AHL All-Star Game that year.

Prior to turning pro, Brassard played more than three seasons for the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the QMJHL, where he produced 218 points (75g, 143a) in 151 total contests. He was named the QMJHL's Rookie of the Year and awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the league's offensive rookie of the year in 2004-05 and earned a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team the following season.

Internationally, Brassard represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and led the team with 11 points (5g, 6a) to help Canada capture the gold medal.

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