Nik Zherdev. Nikita Filatov. Gilbert Brule. These are just a few of the first round draft picks who were supposed to come to Columbus and turn the team into a competitive force in the Western Conference. Those three, along with many others, failed to match the expectations and succeed with the Blue Jackets. We can now also add Derick Brassard to that list.
Drafted sixth overall in the 2006 draft, Brassard was seen as a guy who could potentially become the team's eventual first-line center. He started off very well, winning all sorts of acclamation and honors while in the AHL. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets he also started off very well, producing 25 points in 31 games as a 21 year old. However, things started to go downhill then.
Derick Brassard stuck up for teammate Fedor Tyutin and fought James Neal, then with the Stars. During the fight, Brassard dislocated his shoulder. He would need surgery and missed the rest of the 2008-2009 season.