Brassard netted his third goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Oilers. The goal came on the power play, where Brassard saw almost 4:00 minutes of ice time on the night. The second-line center has gotten off to a fantastic start this season, managing six points through five games. After a disappointing debut with Ottawa, Brassard will be looking to re-discover the touch that made him a 50-60 point guy in his final years with the Rangers. He's making waves already this year, so snatch him up if you're looking for some steady point production.
Brassard scored a goal and added a pair of helpers in Thursday's season-opening 5-4 loss to the Capitals. Quite the season debut for the former Ranger, who didn't play in any preseason games due to a shoulder injury. Brassard failed to really impress in his first year with Ottawa, but he's off to a fantastic start in his second campaign. Skating on the second line with Mark Stone, Brassard could pile on some decent numbers this season. Just three years removed from a 40-assist campaign, Brassard makes for a prime bounce-back candidate this year.
Brassard has been given the all-clear to suit up in Thursday's Opening Night clash against the Capitals. Brassard practiced with the team all week leading up to Thursday's contest and has received the green light to play. In the previous four seasons, the center has missed a combined six outings, so it would have been quite the anomaly to see him watching from the press box right out the gate. The 30-year-old came up just one point shy of the 40-point threshold last year -- breaking a streak of three consecutive campaigns exceeding that mark.
Brassard (shoulder) has not been cleared to return to action, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. The Senators kick of the season Thursday, so the fact that Brassard has not been given the all-clear yet should be a red flag for fantasy owners. In his first season with Ottawa, the center logged 81 contests in which he tallied 14 goals and 25 assists -- a significant drop-off from his 2015-16 numbers (58 points). If the 30-year-old is unavailable against the Capitals, rookie Logan Brown should get a look in a third-line role.
Brassard continues to make progress as he rehabs his shoulder ailment, and Senators coach Guy Boucher told reporters that the center could be available next week. His exact timeline is not clear, but it doesn't sound like Brassard will miss much time to start the regular season (if any time at all). A terrific two-way producer, he registered 39 points -- including seven on the power play -- in 81 games last season, though that was a 15-point drop on the man advantage and 19 fewer combined goals and assists than he had with the Rangers in 2016-17. The Senators play the Capitals for the home opener next Thursday, so expect Brassard to be reevaluated ahead of that date.
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