COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Derick Brassard has been named Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for April, the American Hockey League announced Tuesday. It is the second time this season that Brassard has won the award, as he was also honored in October.
Brassard, 20, registered four goals and 10 assists for 14 points and was +7 in seven games in April as the Crunch closed out the regular season on a 15-game winning streak to secure the second seed in the AHL’s Western Conference North Division semifinals of the Calder Cup Playoffs. He finished the season recording at least one point in 10 of the final 11 regular season games (8-14-22), including a career-high 1-4-5 and was +4 on April 6 at Rochester.
Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Brassard tallied 15-36-51 with 51 penalty minutes and was +9 in 42 regular season games with the Crunch this season. Despite missing 19 games due to a broke jaw, he led Syracuse in assists and was third on the club in points. He also ranked fourth among AHL rookies in points and tied for third in assists. He was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game, but did not play due to his recall to Columbus. In 17 games with the Blue Jackets, he notched 1-1-2 and six penalty minutes. The Hull, Quebec, native is playing his first professional season after registering 75-143-218 and 141 penalty minutes in 151 career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with Drummondville from 2003-07.
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