Ottawa Senators: Derick Brassard No Longer Wearing Non Contact Jersey

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Derick Brassard
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Derick Brassard /

With the overwhelming amount of injuries the Ottawa Senators are dealing with prior to the season it can be difficult to stay optimistic as a fan. However, there is good news as Derick Brassard has started practicing in a regular jersey. He no longer is wearing a no contact jersey.

With the news that Brassard is able to fully participate in practice it means that he could be ready for the start of the season. If not it looks like at the very least he won’t miss many games. This is fantastic news for a Ottawa Senators team that is also going to miss Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur at the start of the season. Additionally, they will be without rookie Colin White who was injured in a preseason game the other night.

Brassard’s Spot In The Lineup

When Brassard comes back he will return as the centre of the second line for the Ottawa Senators. It was initially thought that he would between the likes of Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur. However, now that MacArthur is not certain to return to the Sens at all, there is an opening on his wing. The question is just, who can fill that void?

Potential Wingers

The obvious answer just a few days ago was Colin White. White has been one of the Sens’ best prospects for the past two years and was set to make the NHL this season. With an opening in the top six it looked like he would get a chance in an offensive role. However, White was injured in a preseason game and will not be ready to start the season.


The other two most options are likely Ryan Dzingel and Zack Smith. Dzingel spent time in the top six last season and performed well for a good amount of time. He put up decent numbers before eventually dropping off. With a spot open, Dzingel could be a good option as he has the speed to keep up with the best in the league.

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Zack Smith is another great option for the Sens’ top six. Smith is perhaps the Sens most versatile forward in their lineup. He is capable of playing an offensive, defensive, or checking role. Smith is just one season removed from scoring 25 goals and could find himself with another opportunity to do so this season. If Smith can perform well in the second line, he has the talent to be a great secondary scoring option for the Ottawa Senators.