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Brassard shows optimism for first full season with Rangers

Jul 28, 2013, 10:12 PM EST

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While Brad Richards sputtered and Rick Nash struggled in the 2013 playoffs, Derick Brassard carried over his post-trade momentum with 12 points in 12 postseason games. Overall, he made a fantastic first impression on the New York Rangers.

Still, he admitted to Blueshirts United on Friday that his departure from the Columbus Blue Jackets was a bit overwhelming, although the condensed schedule allowed him to avoid too many distractions.

“I was in one point in my career – I’m 25 years old now – that I needed a change and I felt like in New York, I needed to prove myself,” Brassard said. “One thing I noticed is that I was not thinking too much on the ice, I was just playing. And that’s my game.”

The skilled forward hopes to play big minutes and be a “huge part” of the team in 2013-14. It’s not surprising that he gave the Alain Vigneault hire a thumbs up, then.

“I think all the guys are pretty excited about it,” Brassard said.

Brassard reflects on the trade – including needing to use Jeff Halpern‘s gloves last season – and anticipates the 2013-14 season in the video below.

  1. biffnasty - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    he was basically the only bright spot in the playoffs for the Blue Shirts

  2. 19to77 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Assuming he and Stepan keep their performance up, one really has to wonder how Richards will manage to keep a spot on this team. Stepan was superb all season and Brassard was excellent post-trade and in the playoffs.

  3. gmenfan1982 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I love this kid. I expect great things from him this season. I love his effort and enthusiasm.

  4. banger60 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    gmenfan1982, agreed.

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