The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Derick Brassard from the Philadelphia Flyers, per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports that the return is a fourth-round pick going back to Philadelphia, while The Athletic’s Charlie O’Connor confirms that the draft pick is in 2023.
Most of Edmonton’s bottom-six forward group had a rough start to the year, but a recent hot streak has changed a lot of that. Players like Derek Ryan are starting to heat up, but still, others (like Warren Foegele) have disappointed this season. Now, the team has another veteran in the fold in the form of Brassard to add some offensive depth.
Brassard, for now, likely replaces Devin Shore as the team’s third-line center. When healthy, he’s produced well in Philadelphia this year, notching 16 points in 31 games, a tad over a half-point-per-game pace. That’s a significant upgrade on the production of any player Edmonton currently has on their third and fourth lines, and with only surrendering a fourth-round pick to add him, this is a solid trade for general manager Ken Holland.
Brassard will now suit up for his seventh team in the past four seasons.